Bruised Anthony Joshua vows to ‘stay positive’ as he speaks out after losing his world heavyweight crown to Oleksandr Usyk as Briton is checked for suspected eye socket damage
Anthony Joshua has broken his silence after losing his world heavyweight title in a disappointing defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.
The former heavyweight champion was outclassed by the Ukrainian, who hit Joshua with some heavy shots during the 12-round bout.
A black eye began to appear prominently on Joshua after the 10th round following some left-handed shots from Usyk, who became just the third man to become world champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions.
Anthony Joshua suffered a disappointing defeat to Oleksandr Usyk . in London on Saturday
Joshua was photographed with the victorious Usyk backstage after the fight took place
Joshua left the ring sharp after the unanimous verdict 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 was announced at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
However, the Briton took to social media after the fight, insisting that he will “stay positive” as he sees a future rematch with Usyk.
He posted a message that read: ‘Stay positive, even when the world collapses in front of you! London I love you and thank you every time!’
Joshua left a message on social media insisting he would ‘stay positive’ after the loss
Joshua also met Usyk after the fight and shook hands with the stylish Ukrainian, who promoter Eddie Hearn said was “the better man of the night.”
The Briton was all smiles in the picture with Usyk, despite the disappointment of his second loss of his career on Saturday night when he and the Ukrainian crossed their shoulders to pose for a photo.
In his pictures with Usyk, there is a swelling visible under his right eye, similar to Usyk who also has a cut from the fight.
Hearn confirmed that Joshua would undergo a medical assessment of the injury, although he was not hospitalized and remained at the stadium.
Joshua will aim to regain his titles, just as he did after the first loss of his career to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019, before beating the Mexican in their second fight six months later.
Joshua underwent a medical assessment of his eye after the contusion in London=