Anthony Joshua was beaten by the ‘better man’ and ‘can do so much better’, admits promoter Eddie Hearn, who insists the former heavyweight champion will ‘come again’ after he was outclassed by Oleksandr Usyk
- Anthony Joshua lost by unanimous decision to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday
- The British boxing star was outclassed by Usyk who became world champion
- Judges scored the fight 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 in the Ukrainian star’s favour
- Promoter Eddie Hearn admitted that Joshua lost to the ‘better man’ on the night
- He insisted that AJ would ‘come again’ as he sets his sights on a rematch
Eddie Hearn has admitted that Anthony Joshua was beaten by the ‘better man on the night’ after the former heavyweight champion suffered a devastating defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.
The Ukrainian put on a boxing masterclass to become the world heavyweight champion at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Usyk beat Joshua with a scorecard of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113, to become just the third fighter after Evander Holyfield and David Haye to win world titles in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions.
Anthony Joshua lost his world heavyweight title belts to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night
Joshua was outclassed by the undefeated Ukrainian who won via a unanimous decision
Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn said that Joshua could have no complaints about the outcome and congratulated Usyk for going ‘down in history’.
He told Sky Sports Box Office: ‘I spoke to him (Joshua), obviously it was tough fight, gruelling fight, he’s not quite talking the way you’d expect at the moment.
‘(He) wants to train straight away, they are looking at the eye socket. A devastating defeat, congrats to Oleksandr Usyk the better fighter won.
Eddie Hearn admitted the outcome was disappointing but that Joshua would ‘come again’
‘That was always really the danger, trying to be too technical, not using your attributes.
‘Uysk is very fit, he’s got great feet it’s all the things you worry about against a fighter like Usyk. He was more aggressive then anticipated. He was really good tonight and he goes down in history.
‘No complaints from AJ, he will come again. We have been here before, that was different. He was beaten by a better man on the night.’
As Hearn said it’s not the first shocking defeat that Joshua suffered in his career.
Hearn said Joshua lost to the ‘better man’ on the night and could do ‘so much better’
Joshua lost his world championship belts the first time with a stunning loss to Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden in New York back in June 2019.
The Brit though came back firing when he reclaimed the belts from the Mexican in December later that year.
Hearn said that Joshua already has his eyes set on a rematch with the undefeated Usyk down the line.
He added: ‘The fighter in AJ is saying ‘I will win the rematch’. I had it reasonably close in the eighth round but then Usyk ran away with it. Usyk was the deserved winner and he’s got to make changes for the rematch.
‘That for me was an average performance from Anthony Joshua, he can do so much better than that fight.
‘But he is facing a pound-for-pound great, he is consistently facing the best. That’s what fighters should do but tonight he came off second best.’
Joshua has bounced back from a disappointing defeat with his 2019 loss to Andy Ruiz Jr
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