. Ex-Champ adds: I was partially blind fighting
The just defeated former WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion of the world, Anthony Joshua, has revealed that in his fight against the newly crowned heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk, he went partially blind, which was a first for him since he became a professional boxer.
Anthony Joshua’s reign as the world boxing heavyweight champion was brought to an end Saturday night in a unanimous decision of over 12-rounds, with Usyk taking all three of Anthony Joshua’s belt in one sweep.
This fight was proposed to be the preparatory fight for the “Battle of Britain” against his famous archrival Tyson Fury.
The bout is now completely thrown out of the window.
The Scorecards at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium read 117-112, 116-112, and 115-113.
They were rewarded after a near-masterclass from the unbeaten Usyk.
He became only the third fighter after Evander Holyfield and David Haye to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight.
Joshua was obligated to face WBO mandatory challenger Usyk after a bout against Fury fell through earlier this year.
While narrating how Usyk beat him, Anthony Joshua said he saw nothing in the ninth round.
AJ, however, said he would train better and prepare for a rematch, adding that it was the first time his eyes closed in a match.
While addressing reporters after losing his world titles to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night in London, Anthony Joshua said, “Well done to the winner. We’ll be back again. Get back into training. Great 12 rounds, great experience in the ring, and then we progress from this point on once again; so we’ll be doing it all again soon.
“I couldn’t see in the ninth round. I couldn’t see anything really. But it was a good experience because in adversity, you just gotta learn to control yourself. Stay on top of things.
“When I couldn’t see anything, it’s the first time it’s happened in a fight. I was thinking ‘all right, cool…this is the first time my eye’s closed up in a fight. I can’t see anything and I’m looking out of one eye.’ But it got better as the rounds went on.
“We’ll be back 100 per cent. I’m ready to get back to training. Because of the 12 rounds, my lungs and everything, it was a good twelve-rounder so I’ll be in a good place when I get back into training to pick up where we left off.
“He’s got good pace but he still gets hit, you know? He gets hit a lot and in the rematch, we’ll just learn how to hit him more and be more concussive with our punch selection.
“I never tend to look at the opponent. I just tend to look at myself and realise where I went wrong. So it’s not so much what he did, it’s the opportunities I gave him. So it’s not so much him, I’m just going to go back and look at myself and correct my wrongs.”
Joshua also said he would still fight Tyson Fury and Wilder Whatnot, with or without his belts.
“The road to undisputed and all that stuff is good. As I said, I’ll fight Tyson Fury, Wilder, without the belts. 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 chase, but would you still watch it without the belts?” he said.