Anthony Joshua ready to do 'it all again' after Usyk loss
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Eddie Hearn has explained why Anthony Joshua wanted to ‘chin him’ following his loss to Oleksandr Usyk. The promoter was disappointed after AJ’s sound defeat at the hands of the Ukrainian and revealed the conversation that took place between the two yesterday regarding a rematch.
Hearn told Boxing Social: “The first thing I said, I have to ask, ‘Do you want the rematch with Oleksandr Usyk?’ He looked at me like he was gonna strangle me.
“He said, ‘F***ing right I do.’ He looked like he was about to chin me.”
The Ukranian’s promoter Alex Krassyuk confirmed the news and his boxer will be gearing up to defend his newly-won WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles against the former champion.
“According to my understanding he has already activated the rematch clause,” Krassyuk told Boxing Social.
“Because the first thing he said when he came in the ring to the corner was ‘We will see you in the rematch’.
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“He didn’t even consider it as a possibility, it was just a decision already and I heard that Hearn and AJ himself were discussing the rematch not just as fact.”
He added: “They were also discussing the time, and what Joshua has to do to win so I think it will happen and only some extraordinary circumstances will change it. But as of right now, the rematch will happen.”
Joshua was truly outclassed for the first time in his career at a raucous Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The challenger made a strong start, although British hopes began to resurface when Joshua found his range towards the middle rounds.
However, Usyk came on strong to close out the fight, almost putting his man down in the final seconds as Joshua just about saw the final bell.
Following the fight, Hearn said: “For me, that was an average performance from Anthony Joshua. He can do so much better in that fight, but he’s facing a pound-for-pound great.
“It was a tough defeat. I had it reasonably close in the eighth and then Usyk ran away with it. If that happens again, he will get beat again.
“Usyk’s confidence will be sky high. He has to impose himself but when you get to the level of AJ, there are no 10-round comeback fights or warm ups. You are straight into the fight.
“He will be an underdog in that rematch. He chose to take on a pound for pound great tonight, and it didn’t work out. He deserves credit for that but this is sport.”
Depsite the crushing defeat on Saturday, AJ remained confident he could beat Usyk in the rematch.
“It‘s not so much what he did, it’s the opportunities that I gave him. It’s not so much him.” Joshua said.
“I’m just going to go back and look at myself and correct my wrongs.”
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