Following the defeat of Oleksandr Usyk, Deontay Wilder’s trainer jumps to Anthony Joshua’s defense.
On Saturday night, Anthony Joshua was defeated for the second time in his career by Oleksandr Usyk.
On Saturday, Anthony Joshua had a bad night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when he lost his WBA, WBO, and IBF championships to Oleksandr Usyk. The British player struggled to make an impact in the match and was soundly trounced.
Joshua was outclassed from the start by his opponent, and he received a cut beneath his right eye in the first round.
He got back into the battle about the halfway point, but he lost steam and did little to bother Usyk as the fight progressed.
The Ukrainian fighter maintained his composure throughout and demonstrated his supremacy with technical prowess and deft mobility.
Usyk was declared the winner after 12 rounds, with the judges scoring the bout 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 in favor of the challenger.
To cap off a night to forget in the capital, Joshua was compelled to travel to the hospital for treatment of his inflamed eye socket.
JUST IN: This is Joshua’s second loss of the year, following his loss against Andy Ruiz Jr in June of this year.
Following Saturday’s fight, Deontay Wilder’s trainer, Malik Scott, was eager to defend Joshua on social media.
Scott stated on Instagram, “If someone sends me a message calling Anthony Joshua a bum or talking derogatorily about him because he lost to a great boxer, I’m deleting you immediately.”
His severe warning was accompanied by the hashtag ‘Ficklehumans’ and an emoji of a middle finger.
Joshua is now likely to force a rematch with Usyk, as a rematch is reportedly built into both fighters’ contracts.
When he lost to Ruiz Jr, the Watford-born boxer did exactly that and went on to win their rematch.
Meanwhile, after drawing their first fight and losing the second, Wilder will face WBC champion Tyson Fury in a trilogy bout on Saturday, October 9.
Following Saturday’s setback, Joshua delivered a strong message to Wilder and Fury, expressing his desire to face the winner of their fight next month.
“Without the belts, I’ll face Tyson Fury, Wilder, and whatever else,” the 31-year-old declared.
“The belts are amazing, they’re exciting, and it’s part of the legacy. But, belts or no belts, I’ll fight anybody I want.
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