Anthony Joshua’s post-fight outburst in full following the loss of Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua was criticized for his post-fight speech following his loss to Oleksandr Usyk in Saturday night’s heavyweight world title fight.

Joshua has been accused by former world champion Carl Froch of “stealing Usyk’s moment” after he took the mic and gave the crowd a bizarre outburst after losing in their semi-finals rematch for the world title.

After going 115-113, 116-112, 113-115 on the scorecards after an improved performance in the rematch of their one-sided first bout, Joshua stormed out of the ring before returning and throwing away some belts and then grabbing the mic.

Joshua was “left out to dry by his team” who should have stopped him during his post-fight tirade, Frazer Clarke added.

The scenes moved slightly away from Usyk’s moment, although the Brit spoke from the heart and largely praised the Ukrainian. Here is Joshua’s speech in full:

Joshua said after returning to the ring after an altercation after giving Usyk a split decision as he told his opponent: ‘I don’t care about strong, I’m skilled, skills win in boxing, you’re not strong, how did you hit me As? I had character and determination.”

Then he added: “If you knew my story, you would understand the passion. I’m not a five year old amateur boxer, this was an elite contender from youth. I went to jail, I got bail, then I worked my ass off. Because if I was convicted, I wanted to be able to fight. I’m stealing this usyk, sorry.

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“It’s the passion to get into that shit. That guy to hit me, maybe I could have done better tonight. It shows how much hard work he had to put in. Please give him a round of applause as our world heavyweight champion. I’m not a 12 round fight, look at me, I’m a new breed of heavyweight.

“Heavyweights like Mike Tyson, Sonny Liston, Jack Dempsey, ‘You don’t throw combinations like Rocky Marciano!’ Because I’m not 14 stone, that’s why I’m 18 stone, that’s why I’m heavy.

“It’s hard work, this guy is phenomenal talent, we’ll cheer for him three times. How many belts do you have now bro, five? Hooray. I studied Ukraine and its champions from your amazing country.

“I’ve never been there, but at the same time I don’t know what’s happening there, what’s happening. It’s not pretty, I saw it in Lomachenko’s second fight. There were problems, civil war. Vitali Klitschko vs. Danny Williams, riots. Usyk, as a champion, please raise your hand, under these circumstances, you became a champion. Champ, Champ.” Anthony Joshua’s post-fight outburst in full following the loss of Oleksandr Usyk

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