Anthony Joshua broke down in tears at the press conference after losing his decisive rematch with Alexander Usyk. After failing in his bid to regain the combined WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles from his Ukrainian opponent, he was visibly angry in the ring after the contest.
Speaking at the start of the post-fight press conference, the former champion was still overcome with emotion. Trying to explain how he felt, he hesitated as he tried to hold back his tears, holding his head in his hands.
“I don’t feel anything,” he said at first as he tried to come to terms with the loss, admitting, “I’m upset deep down in my heart.”
Anthony Joshua broke into tears during his post-fight press conference following his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk. pic.twitter.com/oJAuJzu9TF
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Immediately after the fight, he threw two championship belts out of the ring, exited the arena for a moment before returning to grab the microphone, initially not giving Usyk, the champion, a chance to speak.
He explained this behavior by saying, “I was angry with myself. Not to anyone, just to myself. So I thought I should get out of here because I’m angry. Like everyone, when you’re angry you do stupid things. Then I realized it was a sport. Let me do the right thing. Then I just spoke from my heart,” he concluded.
This is Joshua’s third career loss and Usyk’s second. The Briton’s first ever loss was to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019. According to many, last night’s loss in Jeddah was the end of AJ’s career. Usyk remains undefeated in 20 matches in the professional ring.