Anthony Joshua was beaten by the ‘better man’ and ‘could do so much better’, admits promoter Eddie Hearn who insists the former heavyweight champion ‘will come again’ after being outclassed by Oleksandr Usyk
- Anthony Joshua lost by unanimous decision to Oleksandr Usyk . on Saturday
- The British boxer was outclassed by Usyk who became world champion
- Judges scored the fight 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 in favor of the Ukrainian star
- Promoter Eddie Hearn admitted Joshua lost to ‘better man’ that night
- He insisted AJ would “come again” if he sets his sights on a rematch
Eddie Hearn has admitted Anthony Joshua was beaten by the ‘better man of the night’ after the former heavyweight champion suffered a devastating defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.
The Ukrainian gave a boxing masterclass to become world heavyweight champions at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Usyk defeated Joshua on a scorecard of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113, becoming only 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 to Oleksandr Usyk . on Saturday night
Joshua was outclassed by the undefeated Ukrainian who won by unanimous decision
Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn said Joshua had no complaints about the outcome and congratulated Usyk on having “went down in history”.
He told Sky Sports Box Office: “I spoke to him (Joshua), it was clearly a tough fight, a grueling fight, he’s not talking quite like you’d expect at this point.
‘(He) wants to train right away, they look into the eye socket. A devastating defeat, congratulations Oleksandr Usyk, the better fighter has won.
Eddie Hearn admitted the outcome was disappointing but Joshua ‘would come again’
‘That was always the danger, trying to be too technical, not using your attributes.
“Uysk is very fit, he has great feet, it’s all things you worry about against a fighter like Usyk. He was more aggressive than expected. He was really good tonight and he will go down in history.
“No complaints from AJ, he’ll be back. We’ve been here before, that was different. He was beaten that night by a better man.’
As Hearn said, it’s not the first shocking defeat Joshua has suffered in his career.
Hearn said Joshua lost to the ‘better man’ overnight and could do ‘so much better’
Joshua lost his world championship belts for the first time with a stunning loss to Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden in New York in June 2019.
The Briton, however, came back to firing when he reclaimed the Mexican’s belts in December later that year.
Hearn said Joshua has his sights set on a rematch with the undefeated Usyk down the line.
He added: ‘The fighter in AJ says ‘I will win the rematch’. I was pretty close on lap eight but then Usyk walked away with it. Usyk was the deserved winner and he has to make changes before the rematch.
“That was an average performance from Anthony Joshua for me, he can do so much better than that fight.
“But he’s facing pound-for-pound great, he’s consistently facing the best. That’s what fighters should do, but tonight he came second.’
Joshua has recovered from a disappointing defeat with his 2019 loss to Andy Ruiz Jr