Special Footage Reveals What Anthony Joshua Said to Oleksandr Usyk After Humiliating Defeat

Published 10/01/2021, 12:36 AM EDT
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


Oleksandr Usyk beat Anthony Joshua in their recent 12-round collision for the unified heavyweight world titles in London. Despite going the distance, ‘AJ’ knew it wasn’t his night.

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Joshua looked bleak and had very limited energy left. Meanwhile, Usyk was still on his feet after clearly being the better man for the whole night. Hence, the Ukrainian boxer rightfully bagged the unanimous decision, and the WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO heavyweight straps.

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Matchroom Boxing has released exceptional footage, disclosing AJ and Usyk’s post-fight conversation in a never-seen-before format. The video showed that Usyk had gone to Joshua’s corner right after the fight.

During the conversation, Joshua said, “We’re gonna go again? Now I know how to beat you!” (H/T:- Michael Benson)

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The shocking outcome left many fans disheartened, especially those who were dreaming about a potential AJ vs Fury matchup. But the aftereffects of Joshua vs Usyk changed the entire course of the heavyweight division. Meanwhile, both men can actually collide shortly as Joshua has reportedly activated his rematch clause.

24-2 as a professional, Anthony Joshua is at a very crucial stage of his career. He cannot contract another defeat at this point. While Usyk now looks the favorite for the rematch, Joshua will look to do what he did in December 2019.

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk- No war outside the ring

Joshua vs Usyk was an important heavyweight title fight, but there wasn’t bad blood between both men. The former Olympic gold medalists were always cordial. Even in defeat, Joshua didn’t lose his love for ‘The Cat’. Joshua has claimed to have analyzed his loss in a recent social media post.

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As he has avenged a TKO loss against Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019, Anthony Joshua is aware of the things he needs for a resurrection. However, fighting a skilled southpaw striker like Usyk will always be demanding. Thus, the re-match can be another intense chapter in the intriguing Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk in-ring war.

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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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