David Haye has defended Anthony Joshua’s actions following his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk earlier this month.
Joshua was overwhelmed for a second time by Usyk in Saudi Arabia, dropping a split decision, as he fell quick in his try and regain the unified WBA ‘tremendous’, WBO and IBF heavyweight world titles, which had been ripped away from him by the Ukrainian 11 months earlier.
Former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion, Haye believes ‘AJ’ couldn’t have given any extra within the ring.
“He couldn’t have tried any more durable,” Haye told IFLTV.
“10/10 for effort. That’s it.
“He couldn’t have executed any greater than he skilled to do, so what he skilled to do he tried to do, he couldn’t do any extra.
“What extra are you able to do than give 100%? That’s it, he tried his finest.”
Joshua reacted angrily within the moments after the choice was learn out, throwing the WBA and Ring Journal belts out of the ring in frustration, earlier than storming out of the ring after which returning to congratulate Usyk.
Nevertheless, the 32-year-old was criticised in some circles for an expletive post-fight speech, though he later apologised for his actions within the aftermath.
Haye insists he doesn’t pay a lot consideration to the Watford man’s outburst and believes his actions had been stated within the warmth of the second after a gruelling combat and aren’t a real reflection of him.
I’ll be the primary to confess, I let my self down. I acted out of pure ardour and emotion and when not managed it ain’t nice.
I really like this sport so a lot and I’ll be higher from this level on.
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) August 21, 2022
“When somebody’s life is on the road, they’re within the ring, they’re getting punched within the head for 36 minutes,” the 41-year-old added.
“That they had so many psychological and feelings going into the most important occasion ever, the place everybody denied him and everybody’s gone towards him and he doesn’t do what he dreamt of doing.
“How many individuals behind closed doorways say one thing in an argument with their Mrs or the Mrs says one thing in an argument with them?
“It’s onerous to guage somebody on their worst second after they’ve simply come by an absolute ordeal.
“So what he stated afterwards, I don’t actually care to be trustworthy.
“What he stated is what he stated.
“However I assure it’s totally different [if] you gave him an hour to relax, I assure what he would have stated would have been very totally different.
“You’ll be able to’t simply get somebody all irate after which stick a digital camera, stick a mic in his face and anticipate to get some poetry.
“It not often occurs that means.”