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Sports News of Sunday, 21 August 2022


You are not strong how did you beat me? - Anthony Joshua asks Oleksandr Usyk after defeat

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk in the ring Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk in the ring

Former heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua left fans completely dismayed with his antics after losing to Oleksandr Usyk.

On Saturday night, August 20 in Saudi Arabia, Joshua lost for the second time to Usyk, and after the match, he threw two heavy weight belts down before telling Usyk he won the fight not because he's strong but because he's skilled.

He then stormed out of the ring before climbing back in and grabbing the mic to address the crowd with a bizarre rant as his emotions were clearly running high.

In an expletive-filled rant, he discussed the fight, his career, the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, and also led cheers to Usyk.

Joshua began by referencing his youth and troubles with police as a teenager

"If you knew my story you would understand the passion. I ain't no amateur boxer from five-years-old that was an elite prospect from youth," said Joshua.

"I was going to jail, I got bail and I started training my arse off, I wanted to be able to fight.

"I'm stealing this Usyk I'm sorry, but it's because of the passion we put into this. This guy to beat me tonight, maybe I could have done better, but it shows the level of hard work I put in so please give him a round of applause as our heavyweight champion of the world

I'm not a 12 round fighter, look at me, I'm a new breed of heavyweights, Mike Tyson, Sonny Liston, Jack Dempsey, 'you don't throw combinations like Rocky Marciano', I'm 18 stone, I'm heavy, it's hard work.

"This guy here is a phenomenal talent, we're going to cheer for him three times."

See some reactions and watch the videos of Joshua after the fight below...

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