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In Anthony Joshua’s bizarre postfight speech after he lost to Oleksandr Usyk, he said, “I just want to respect and pay tribute to you, Ukraine,” as well as referring to his opponent as “a champion”

Anthony Joshua talks about the idea that he was going to have both a tribute to champion Oleksandr Usyk as well as Ukraine.



heavyweight. No matter how hard you train, Mike Tyson, Sonny Liston, or Jack Dempsey will tell you, “You just don’t throw combinations like Rocky Marciano.” And because I’m so cumbersome, it’s a real struggle “Here’s what else Joshua had to say. “Usyk is a man of extraordinary skill. We’re going to clap three times in support of him.”

Before leaving, Joshua appeared upset with the result and threw down two heavyweight title belts.

Anthony Joshua loses his cool after losing to Oleksandr Usyk and throws two belts out of the ring. Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) on Twitter Tuesday, August 20th, 2022

Usyk’s postmatch speech dragged on for quite some time. He avoided talking about what Joshua had said, but he did challenge Tyson Fury, who had just retired but was still the WBC champion.

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“Usyk predicted that Tyson Fury would not be hanging up his gloves just yet. There’s no doubt in my mind that he wants to start a fight with me. There are times when I feel like challenging him to a fight. In other words, “I’m not fighting again unless I get in there with Tyson Fury.”

To which Fury posted on Instagram: “Take out your wallet, because the Gypsy King is here to stay…forever!”

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, who promotes Joshua, also ignored the boxer’s speech.

What comes next for Joshua is a mystery. As part of his deal with DAZN, he’ll