“As I said, I’ll fight Tyson Fury, Wilder, without the belts,” Anthony Joshua still believes he can face his biggest heavyweight rivals in the future after points defeat by Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night
Anthony Joshua says he would still want to face heavyweight rivals Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder regardless of whether world championship belts were on the line
Anthony Joshua says a fight against Tyson Fury could still happen in the future, even without his world heavyweight titles, after his loss to Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua’s WBA, IBF, and WBO belts were whisked away by Usyk, who produced a masterful unanimous decision victory at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night.
A rematch with Usyk is now the top priority for Joshua, rather than an undisputed world title clash against Tyson Fury, but he still believes he can fight his British rival, with or without his world titles.
Anthony Joshua will want an immediate rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, says promoter Eddie Hearn
“The road to undisputed and all that stuff, it’s good,” said Joshua at the post-fight press conference.
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksander Usyk, IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight World Title,
Oleksandr Usyk beat Anthony Joshua via unanimous points decision to become the world heavyweight champion
“The belts are fun. It’s great, it’s legacy. But with or without the belts, I’ll fight whoever. The road to undisputed is a nice title to have and a nice title to chase.
“That’s the main thing – is you’ve got two competitive fighters in the ring from UK soil, that just want to go toe-to-toe.”
Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk
Joshua voiced his desire for a second fight against Usyk
But Joshua firstly intends to activate a rematch clause for an immediate second fight against Usyk.
Asked if he wanted a rematch, Joshua said: “100 percent. 110 percent.
“I’m ready to get back to training. Because of the 12 rounds, my lungs, and everything, it was a good 12-rounder, so I’ll be in a good place when I get back into training to pick up where we left off.”
Joshua needed medical attention after sustaining a badly swollen right eye, which he confesses had severely restricted his vision.
“What went wrong? Just taking a loss, but we’ll get it right,” said Joshua.
“From the ninth, I couldn’t see in the ninth round. Couldn’t see anything really.
“My eye was shut, but it was a good experience, because, in adversity, you’ve just got to learn to control yourself, stay on top of things, so when I couldn’t see anything, it’s the first time it’s happened in a fight.
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“I was thinking, ‘Alright, cool, it’s the first time my eye has closed up in a fight. I can’t see nothing.’
“I’m looking out of one eye, but it got better as the rounds went on.”