Eddie Hearn Gets Real With Frustrated and Diffident Anthony Joshua

Published 11/01/2021, 11:00 AM EDT


Anthony Joshua has been in the news ever since he lost his hard-earned heavyweight titles to Oleksandr Usyk. Right from the first second, nothing went right for him in this fight. Moreover, he also failed to land his devastating right hand to put Usyk on the canvas. Instead, Joshua was himself on the brink of getting knocked out in the final round of this fight.

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This was Joshua’s second pro-boxing loss, which undoubtedly came in as a blemish to his decorated career. Not only for ‘AJ’, but this loss left his entire team, fans, and promoter, Eddie Hearn, disheartened. Recently, Hearn was in an interview with True Geordie. Here, he spoke about this fight and more.

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

“Frustration is a good word. Because, the one thing I didn’t want him to do in that fight was try and outbox Oleksandr Usyk. And that was exactly what he tried to do. Now was that down stubbornly, was that down to lack of confidence of what he was supposed to do or the game plan particularly. I think a little bit of both, to be honest with you,” he said.

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Usyk knew if he came on Joshua’s radar, the fight could end in a blink of an eye due to the Briton’s power. As a result, he constantly moved and scored vital points, which later helped him remain victorious with 117-112, 115-113, and 116-112 on the judges’ scorecards.

Joshua had some success in rounds 5 and 6, as he was able to land his jabs efficiently on Usyk. But the Ukrainian boxer made adjustments, and he pressed the Brit till the very end.

Anthony Joshua keen on settling scores with Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch

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Joshua is fired up with that loss and he wants to reclaim his belts at any cost. That said, ‘AJ’ met bigwig coaches like Eddy Reynoso and Ronnie Shields to figure out his mistakes against Usyk.

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

This clearly indicates the hunger Joshua has to beat Usyk on the biggest of the stage again. He has also triggered the rematch clause, and this fight is expected to get rolled out by early 2022.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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