Anthony Joshua Unloads his Feelings on Shedding Usyk Rematch
On August 20 on the Jeddah Superdome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) tried to develop into a three-time unified heavyweight champion. However he got here up quick, dropping within the highly-anticipated rematch to present unified champ Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs). However what has boxing followers and pundits nonetheless speaking had been Joshua’s actions following the competition.
Visibly upset, “AJ” grabbed two of Usyk’s title belts, tossed them to the canvas, and stormed out of the ring. He finally returned to the ring with a mic and went on what many observers described as a weird rant. One minute he praised his opponent. However the subsequent second, he went into an explicative-filled tongue lashing in opposition to his critics. Then, throughout the post-fight information convention, Joshua burst into tears. He was in every single place and appeared to have an emotional meltdown.
The previous champ has had time to replicate on his actions. On August 21, he took to social media with statements expressing regret for his habits.
DEALING WITH THE UGLY REALITY
Joshua has been the face of UK boxing since he KO’d Charles Martin to win his first world title in April 2016. Normally relaxed and calculated, the 32-year-old has a status as an individual who at all times has issues collectively and by no means lets issues get underneath his pores and skin.
So, that’s why his habits got here as a shock to so many. A litany of discussions has been occurring on boxing message boards and social media attempting to rationalize what occurred. Some recommend that the strain of being a worldwide public determine and a high-profile world champion has develop into an excessive amount of to bear. Others surmise what actuality hit him within the face is studying Usyk is the one man he can’t beat, irrespective of how exhausting he prepares.
Plainly Joshua seems damaged, each emotionally and spiritually. He acknowledges that he needed to go to a darkish place to arrange for the rematch with Usyk. It should be crushing to go to that depth but nonetheless lose.
It’s time for severe self-reflection. There’s nonetheless a future, and Joshua continues to be able to successful a world title if he desires it, however he’s formally not on the high of the mountain. From a boxing and private context, he has to start out from the underside and rebuild. “AJ” has reached a crossroads level in his profession and, in some ways, his life.
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By: Michael Wilson Jr.