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Anthony Joshua drops hint he chose wrong gameplan against Oleksandr Usyk


Joshua lost the first decision of his professional career with past weekend against Usyk in London – and the Brit has admitted he didn’t stick to his gameplan in the fight

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Anthony Joshua ready to do ‘it all again’ after loss to Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua has hinted he adopted the wrong tactics against Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua lost his heavyweight titles for the second time in four fights when he was outclassed by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Usyk dominated Joshua throughout the fight, despite being the betting underdog and giving up a big size advantage against ‘AJ’.

Joshua was close to being finished in the last round, being pushed against the ropes as Usyk landed several unanswered punches before the final bell.

But the Brit is determined to secure a rematch and is confident he can make the necessary changes to avenge his loss.








Joshua intends to take up his option of a rematch against Usyk
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“I let a few people down, obviously people that support me. There’s other people that probably thought I should have gone in with a different gameplan,” he told iFL TV.

“But at the end of the day he won and I lost. All I want to do is get back to the drawing board, hustle and put in the work. Over the period of time I’m boxing, just change the script, get another W and fight for the belts again.

“There’s certain things I know I can improve on for sure and there’s certain things that he can probably improve on, that’s why I feel like the next fight will be phenomenal.”

“I’ve got a great opportunity of becoming three-time heavyweight champion of the world, so I’m going to take it with both hands and put the work in.”

Some boxing fans questioned the praise from Joshua’s corner, with coach Joby Clayton seemingly shouting “brilliant AJ” whilst Usyk was getting the upper hand of him.

But Joshua’s longtime trainer Rob McCracken said Joshua didn’t pressure Usyk enough with his jab during the fight.

He said: “There is no drawing board to go back to, you’ve got to apply pressure with your jab and your right and keep him off balance.

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“Usyk is a good boxer, Anthony is still learning and if he applies himself he will get the right result in the rematch.”

Joshua lost the bout on all three judges’ scorecards and is expected to be an underdog for the rematch against Usyk.

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn – with whom Joshua signed a career-long deal last week – expects a rematch to take place in February or March of next year.

Joshua’s loss has seemingly halted his highly anticipated showdown with Tyson Fury, who fights Deontay Wilder next month.

Joshua and Fury were signed to fight last month, but Wilder brought forward an arbitration case that led to a trilogy between him and Fury instead.


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