Anthony Joshua ‘can still have his time’ despite crushing loss to Oleksandr Usyk, says former opponent Wladimir Klitschko as he urges Brit to follow his lead and ‘bounce back’ after suffering two defeats before nine-year reign as champion
- Anthony Joshua can rise again after his second defeat, says Wladimir Klitschko
- His former opponent said he can ‘have his time’ after loss to Oleksandr Usyk
- Ukranian told Joshua to ‘overcome the challenge’ as he did in 2003 and 2004
- Klitschko was stopped twice in 13 months before a lengthy reign as champion
Anthony Joshua’s former opponent Wladimir Klitschko believes the British star can ‘still have his time’ despite being outclassed by Olesksandr Usyk.
Joshua was beaten for the second time in his career following his shock stoppage by Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019, losing his four world title belts and a lucrative fight with rival Tyson Fury in the process.
The heavyweight star suffered a unanimous points loss to Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last weekend, and has since activated his rematch clause to face him again next February.
Anthony Joshua can ‘have his time’ again despite his crushing loss to Oleksandr Usyk, says former opponent Wladimir Klitschko
Joshua was comfortably outboxed and outclassed by the Ukrainian to surrender his world titles
Klitschko – who himself was stopped by Joshua during an enthralling contest at Wembley Stadium in 2017 – believes all is not lost for Joshua as he prepares to face his countryman Usyk for a second time.
The 45-year-old can relate to Joshua after suffering two defeats in quick succession in 2003 and 2004, both stoppages to Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster, before recovering and regining as heavyweight champion for nine years.
‘We have seen AJ challenged,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘I remember my time. I lost two fights within [13 months in 2003 and 2004]. To bounce back? To eventually become one of the longest reigning champions?
‘AJ can still have his time, absolutely. It is all about how to overcome the challenge.’
Klitschko – who was stopped by Joshua in 2017 – urged him to follow his lead and ‘bounce back’
Klitschko suffered two defeats in 2003 and 2004 before a nine-year reign as champion
Joshua and Klitschko put on one of the most entertaining bouts in recent memory as the British star secured an 11th round stoppage having been downed himself by the boxing icon in the fifth.
Klitschko ended up retiring shortly after their fight and now another Ukranian star has risen up to become the new champion in Usyk – a fighter he called ‘special’ after conquering the cruiserweight division and now reigning at heavyweight.
‘Usyk made history,’ he added. ‘Since 2012, I watched Usyk winning his gold and I watched AJ winning his gold.
‘Usyk has been undefeated for such a long time, winning all the titles as a cruiserweight and now with the heavyweights.
‘This man is something special.’
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