Anthony Joshua admits he has only watched four rounds of Oleksandr Usyk defeat

The two-time unified heavyweight champion was so upset with his lacklustre performance against Usyk last September to lose his titles that he has only watched a fraction of the fight

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Oleksandr Usyk returns Anthony Joshua’s belts following fight

Anthony Joshua has told fellow heavyweight Derek Chisora he has only watched four rounds of his loss to Oleksandr Usyk.

The two-time unified heavyweight champion lost his second professional fight to Usyk in London last September, and was so upset with his lacklustre showing that he has only watched a fraction of the bout back.

He is set for a rematch with the Ukrainian later this year in a contractually obligated second fight, and has been flirting with the idea of leaving his coach Rob McCracken to try a new training team.

Joshua and Chisora, two of the most beloved fighters in the UK, recently spoke in private about the loss, with the former champion admitting he was not happy with his performance.

“When I spoke to him I asked him if he watched the fight back,” Chisora told TalkSPORT about Joshua, who he believes will beat Usyk in their second meeting.

Anthony Joshua was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk last year
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“He said he only watched four rounds because he didn’t like the way he boxed. I asked him what he was going to do and he said: ‘You’ll see’.”

Usyk earned his shot at Joshua’s belts by beating Chisora in a behind-closed-doors fight on Sky Sports during October 2020, with the former champion watching from the stands.

And when a bout between Joshua and fellow heavyweight champion Tyson Fury set for last August fell through, Usyk’s mandatory challenger position saw him earn a quick title shot.

But Chisora believes that not only will Joshua get his belts back, but he will defeat Fury and become undisputed champion after reclaiming the titles.

“Tyson Fury, he’s a bigger man, when he’s sat down his hands are probably touching the floor,” Chisora joked.

“Fury doesn’t have a power punch, but he’s got the knowledge of boxing.

“When you box Tyson Fury, if he steps backwards, you instantly step forward and you’re already in his range.

“If he steps forward and you go backwards you’re still in his range because of his reach. You can’t run away.

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“I’ll go with AJ [to win the hypothetical fight], AJ’s power punch is unbelievable.”

But Chisora understands that Joshua must show his old brawling style, as opposed to trying to outbox the unbeaten Fury.

Fury comfortably outboxed the likes of Chisora himself, as well as world champions like Deontay Wilder and Wladimir Klitshcko, which would likely make him favourite against Joshua.

“If AJ fights Fury, he has to go on him straight away, blast him out,” Chisora continued.

“He can’t box him. If he boxes with him, he loses. If you give Fury time on the ball then you’re in trouble.”

But before Joshua can think about Fury or vice versa, they both must win their next title fights.

Joshua will rematch Usyk this year, while Fury has been mandated to take on Dillian Whyte in his next title defence as WBC champion.

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Soruce: https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/anthony-joshua-oleksandr-usyk-rematch-25944950

By Malvi