Deontay Wilder’s Trainer Defends Anthony Joshua After Losing to Oleksandr Usyk

Published 09/27/2021, 2:01 AM EDT
Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua after his fight against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Anthony Joshua succumbed to the second professional loss of his career against Oleksandr Usyk, losing all his heavyweight straps, once again. Despite going full length into the fight, Joshua’s bleak performance cost him his championships. Adding to his agony, several doubters have now pounced on him, questioning his ability, after all.

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Following the defeat, AJ’s combat future looks unstable. A potential scrap between him and WBC champion Tyson Fury, a fan-favorite thriller, is no longer relevant on the charts. Meanwhile, he might have to re-match Oleksandr Usyk as an underdog to regain the lost heavyweight belts.

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Deontay Wilder and Malik Scott to the rescue

However, in this dooming phase, not everyone is going after the former unified heavyweight champion. Among the few supporters are his contemporary Deontay Wilder who hasn’t lashed at him, and trainer Malik Scott who expressed his support for the Brit star. A former contender himself, Scott took to social media after the Joshua-Usyk fight and defended the British superstar from the clutches of criticisms.

He wrote, “If anybody send me a message calling Anthony Joshua bum or talking derogatory about him because he lost to a great fighter. I am blocking you.”

Despite the trash talk surrounding him, Anthony Joshua didn’t appear to have lost his positive mindset. He has vowed to return soon and has already expressed his desire for a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk. The Ukrainian heavyweight star has also agreed on it, teasing the potential AJ vs Usyk 2 thriller.

Nevertheless, ‘AJ’ has also expressed interest in matching himself against Fury and Wilder without the belts. Hence, there might be a lot of action left before we see the last of Anthony Joshua.

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Anthony Joshua and his nearing road

Resurrection shall be the prime goal for Joshua, as he cannot afford to go title-less in the current heavyweight chase. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will clash on October 9 to seal the fate of the WBC world heavyweight strap. Meanwhile, Oleksandr Usyk has all the other heavyweight belts- WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO. Thus, Anthony Joshua might have to re-capture his titles before going for his other goals.

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While Usyk is also ready to offer the shot to AJ, we can see a different side of the Brit elite. In his maiden career loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019, Joshua bounced back in an immediate rematch six months later. Thus, he might consider repeating the same against ‘The Cat’ Usyk, or it can be fatal for his combat future.

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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. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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