Anthony Joshua Warns Oleksandr Usyk Ahead of the Rematch-“He Might Get Thrown On the Floor”

Published 10/26/2021, 11:31 PM EDT
Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Weigh-in – The O2, London, Britain – September 24, 2021 Anthony Joshua during the weigh-in Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


After suffering a bitter loss to Oleksandr Usyk on September 25, Anthony Joshua is looking to avenge it in an immediate re-match. Per several reports, Usyk vs Joshua 2 shall happen in early 2022. Meanwhile, he has already begun his preparations for retribution.

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‘AJ’ has also sent a stern warning to Usyk during a brief interaction with Kugan Cassius of IFL TV. Having seen the second loss of his pro career, Anthony Joshua seems frustrated.

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“I’m done with f***ing losing. I’m done with trying to learn the sweet science. He might get thrown on the floor in the next fight because this is war. It’s just straight war, I’m annoyed. I’m boiling up even speaking about it – it’s that passion to win,” said Anthony Joshua (H/T:- Michael Benson)

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Usyk handed Joshua a lopsided beat down in their original in-ring affair. It came as an absolute shock to the heavyweight fans. With his win, ‘The Cat’ ended the hopes for a potential AJ-Fury clash for all four titles. Besides, he also made AJ look vulnerable in the vicious heavyweight ride.

Can Anthony Joshua bounce back from the loss?

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AJ avenged his maiden career loss against Andy Ruiz Jr brilliantly in 2019. That said, Usyk and Ruiz Jr. are way different from each other. Once a cruiserweight undisputed champion, Oleksandr Usyk is unbeaten as a professional boxer. He is one of the most technically sound punchers in the entire sport.

Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Weigh-in – The O2, London, Britain – September 24, 2021 Anthony Joshua during the weigh-in Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Thus, AJ shall have difficulties in outworking him. As a 12-round boxing bout didn’t prove very beneficial, the Brit should go for a KO. Anthony Joshua is known to be a hard-hitter and he may have to offer that to vanquish Usyk.

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Being a veteran of the division, AJ has his chances to win. However, after looking at the first fight, even his staunchest supporters may agree that it will be a demanding job.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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