Anthony Joshua 'SULKING' over Oleksandr Usyk defeat and should ditch 'humble in defeat' attitude, says Eddie Hearn

Anthony Joshua 'SULKING' over Oleksandr Usyk defeat and should ditch 'humble in defeat' attitude, says Eddie Hearn

October 6, 2021

PROMOTER Eddie Hearn has revealed Anthony Joshua is 'sulking' after his unanimous points defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.

AJ, 31, lost his world heavyweight belts to the undefeated Ukrainian, 34, in September and Hearn wants his client to win them back.


Heard told talkSPORT: "I think AJ is humble in defeat, he feels a responsibility to act like that.

"It couldn't be further away from reality. Actually I'd like him to lose some of that humble-ness sometimes.

"But he's sulking, that's the reality. I've been with him a couple of times and he's fixated with the mistakes he made.

"He's frustrated, he's disappointed, he's gutted. All he can think about is how he can improve."

Joshua was outclassed by Usyk and will need to improve significantly if he's to regain his belts in the rematch, set to take place in early 2022.

Tyson Fury, 33, has offered to train AJ for FREE ahead of the second fight, while Fury's promoter Frank Warren reckons the Brit will lose AGAIN.

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Ricky Hatton has also expressed doubts about Joshua's ability to stop Usyk and Mike Tyson admitted he was stunned at how humble AJ was in defeat.

But Hearn believes his client can win, adding: "He got the gameplan wrong, he didn't box great, was his preparation good enough?

"Again, you have to look at Usyk as well, he was brilliant. People are now saying Usyk is pound-for-pound No 1, it's either Usyk or Canelo.

"So you've just lost a decision to a pound-for-pound great.

"Don't beat yourself up but the frustrating thing is we know he can do so much better.

"And the rematch that he will go into is a real tough fight but he wouldn't want it any other way.

"AJ is fixated with looking at greats of the past, they've all suffered defeats and have all come back.

"He's a two-time heavyweight champion, now looks to be a three-match.

"He should be applauded for taking on the challenge of Usyk because no one really wants to fight him but he believed he could beat him.

"He got it wrong on the night but also he got beaten by the better man and what was a genius performance."

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