Eddie Hearn explains why ‘ordinary’ Anthony Joshua lost fight Oleksandr Usyk for four reasons.
On Saturday night, Anthony Joshua handed his belts on to Oleksandr Usyk.
Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joshua’s promoter, delivered a candid interview following his fighter’s loss against Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night. Joshua’s performance left the Matchroom Boxing chairman unhappy, as Usyk won a majority decision to become world champion in only his third fight at heavyweight.
Despite his great reputation as the undisputed world champion at cruiserweight, Usyk put Joshua to a far tougher test than expected.
In boxing, it is said that a good large man beats a good tiny man, but the disparity in class was such that Usyk compensated for his lack of size versus AJ.
The British fighter fought well in the middle rounds, but the Ukrainian dominated the beginning and end of the bout, winning the WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO world belts.
A rematch clause was included into the fight contract, which will give Hearn and Joshua an opportunity to redeem themselves, although a major improvement will be required to avoid adding a third loss to his record.
Anthony Joshua loses his world heavyweight title against Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch.
He told Sky Sports Box Office, “That was always the concern with the bout.”
“You overthink things, attempt to be too technical, don’t use your skills, and don’t make an impact early enough in the fight.
“When you’re up against a guy like Oleksandr Usyk, you’re worried about a lot of things.
“He was a touch more abrasive than I had expected. Without a doubt, he will go down in history.
“He’ll return, and he’s already planning on going to training on Monday.
“Anthony Joshua gave an average performance in my opinion. He’s capable of much more in that fight, but he’s up against a pound-for-pound champion.” His 34-year-old opponent’s unblemished professional record was extended to 19 wins with a brilliant effort.
Many people were aware of his deadly skill set, as seen by his complete dominance of the cruiserweight class, his devastation of Tony Bellew in 2018 and early success since moving up to heavyweight.
It means that Joshua’s comeback to training will almost certainly be focused on overcoming Usyk rather than preparing for an all-British fight with Tyson Fury. “Brinkwire News Summary.”