‘Don’t Worry About Me’: Anthony Joshua Gives Final Statement on Oleksandr Usyk Defeat

Published 10/01/2021, 1:00 AM EDT
Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua reacts after his fight against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Despite losing the heavyweight titles, Anthony Joshua doesn’t appear to have lost his positive mind frame. He is still charged up and believes he has what it takes to become a 3x unified heavyweight world champion. That said, the recent defeat to Usk has caused several people to criticize AJ under certain valid parameters.

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Standing against a technical master in Usyk, Joshua couldn’t decode his rival’s southpaw stance. Hence, he became a victim of lopsided dominance. Although AJ had his mere moments in the 12-round fight, they weren’t enough to get his hands raised.

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However, Joshua has looked back at the fight and has analyzed his performance. He believes he can turn the tables in the re-match. The British star has posted a picture of himself on social media, revealing his take on the whole scenario.

Anthony Joshua wrote, “I’ve watched the fight, analysed my preparations & identified my mistakes. I’ve learnt my lesson. Thanks for sending love & checking in. Don’t worry about me. My spirit is strong!”

Oleksandr Usyk, who has accepted the rematch, is optimistic about retaining the belts. While many people had backed Joshua to win the first fight, Usyk came in as a surprise to them.

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The former cruiserweight star, who had a commendable start in the heavyweight roster, is now a champion after just 3 fights in the division. As he looks ready for a second collision against Joshua, winning the fight will be extremely beneficial for him. But will it happen?

Anthony Joshua knows how to rebound

In 2019, Joshua had avenged his sole career loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in an immediate rematch six months later. Although Ruiz Jr. had stopped AJ in the first fight, the re-match was absolutely different as Joshua outboxed his opponent for all 12-rounds to become a 2x world champion. Thus, the current scenario isn’t unfamiliar to the British superstar.

Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua in action against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

But, as Usyk is an undefeated champion, and arguably the best of the modern age, ‘AJ’ will have to give his best. He cannot afford to overlook Usyk’s power and agility.

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Anthony Joshua is also an A-lister. Hence, he has all the skills to avenge the defeat by being the first man to vanquish Usyk in the professional circuit.

Do you think Usyk vs Joshua 2 will be different from the first fight?

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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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