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Anthony Joshua speech after Oleksandr Usyk fight, video, transcript, highlights

Anthony Joshua shocked the boxing world following his second straight world title loss to Oleksandr Usyk with a four-minute rant that fans described as embarrassingly poor.

There was a lot of respect between the two fighters after an impressive fight that saw Usyk win by split decision, first holding Usyk’s Ukrainian flag aloft.

But after the cards were read, things went awry. Joshua appeared to throw his two world title belts out of the ring and yelled at Usyk: “Skill beats boxing, you’re not strong, how did you beat me?” why? I had determination and character! “

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Britannia walks out, but soon gets back in the ring and grabs the mic and delivers a surprise tantrum.

“Usick, one hell of an af**ing fighter, let’s give him a round of applause. That’s just a feeling. “If you knew my story, you would understand my feelings,” he began. “I am not an amateur boxer who was a promising youngster from the age of five. I was going to jail. I bailed and started training my ass because if I was convicted I wouldn’t be able to fight.

He continued: “The love we made in this s***t, man. For this guy to beat me tonight, I probably could have done better, but it shows the level of hard work he’s put in, and please give him a round of applause as the heavyweight champion of the world. Wow! Motherf****r!

“I’m not a 12-round fighter. look at me! I am a new breed of heavyweight. All heavyweights – Mike Tyson, Sonny Liston, Jack Dempsey. ‘Oh, you don’t throw combinations like Rocky Marciano.’ Because I’m not 14 stone! I’m 18 stone and heavy! It’s hard work! The man here is an amazing talent. “

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Oleksandr Usyk talks to Anthony Joshua after their World Heavyweight Championship fight.  (Photo by Francois Nell/Getty Images)
Oleksandr Usyk talks to Anthony Joshua after their World Heavyweight Championship fight. (Photo by Francois Nell/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Then Joshua uttered a strange “Hip, hip, hooray!” Lead. Sing for Usyk with the crowd. Then things got (almost) even weirder when he started talking about Ukraine.

“I’ve been studying Ukraine and all the champions from your wonderful country. I’ve never been there, but at the same time, there’s something going on there — I don’t know what’s going on, but at the end of the day, it’s not good.”

His odd discussion about Ukraine included labeling it a ‘civil war’ as the rant continued. But he managed to end on a somewhat peaceful note, saying, “For Usyk to win the championship in those circumstances… it’s incredible.”

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – AUGUST 20: Anthony Joshua follows his loss to Oleksandr Usyk for the Red Sea Rage Heavyweight Championship at the King Abdullah Sports City Arena in 2015. . (Photo by Francois Nell/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“We’re watching someone deal with a loss,” Cory Erdman said in a statement.

Joshua’s gym partner Fraser Clarke said on Sky Sports: “I feel like he’s been left out to dry by the team. Someone had to save him from himself. In true boxing sense, that was Usyk’s time to celebrate, I don’t think so. Anthony did a lot of good things, but there were bad things. No excuses, that was Usyk’s time. Someone had to stop him, save himself.

“No one feels like Anthony. He is no ordinary boxer. The pressure I feel with Joshua is chalk and cheese. Maybe it was boiled over there. Maybe it’s hot. Let’s not judge him on that, the Joshua I know, a good and respectful man. It boiled there. Maybe he was stressed. After a fight, your head is all over the place. Maybe it’s not what he said. If I had been there, I would have dug in to pick up the microphone. Give him a minute to compose himself.

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