Anthony Joshua has revealed that he tried to outbox Oleksandr Usyk in order to prove that he is not a big, rigid bodybuilder.
British star Joshua (24-2-0, 22 KOs), former unified heavyweight world champion, gave his first interview in 2022, taking into account his loss to the Ukrainian Usyk (19-0-0, 13 KOs).
Joshua said via SkySports :
“Usyk came from the light-heavyweight, he’s a really good fighter, a 12-round fighter. “
“I wanted to box with him for 12 rounds and show that I can box, because there has always been a stigma that I cannot box… that I am a big and rigid bodybuilder. “
“So I said: Okay cool let me practice my boxing. “
“I tried to practice my boxing with Usyk. He won nine rounds, and I won three. “
“The next fight, I win four more rounds and I win. “
“Let me simplify this matter and then I’ll be on my way to becoming the undisputed world champion again. “
Tyson fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) will probably be very excited about this revelation.
“The Gypsy King” has repeatedly labeled its rival a fat, rigid bodybuilder over the past decade.
Now there is apparently confirmation that these words had an impact on the way of thinking of Joshua before his defeat.