Anthony Joshua criticised for lengthy walkout before Oleksandr Usyk loss

Joshua was outpointed for the first time in his professioanl career this past weekend and Warren thinks the Brit got caught up by the show before the fight

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Oleksandr Usyk returns Anthony Joshua’s belts following fight

Legendary boxing promoter Frank Warren has criticised Anthony Joshua for his interactions with the crowd during his ring walk against Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua lost his heavyweight titles when he was outpointed by Usyk on all three judges’ scorecards, with the scores reading 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113.

The British fan favourite – who was accompanied by fireworks and pyrotechnics – bowed and shadowboxed for the crowd as he walked to the ring.

But Warren thinks Joshua got caught up by the atmosphere and should’ve been more focused on the fight.

He told iFL TV : “Looking back, and obviously hindsight is a useless thing, but I didn’t like what I was seeing from the beginning before he even got to the ring.

Joshua embraced the 67,000 fans in attendance during his ring walk



“We’ve all done the fireworks and the magic carpets, the stuff with Nas [Naseem Hamed]. All those things are good for the fans and it all builds it up.

“But what I didn’t like was how he was interacting with the fans, I think he went over a kissed and lady, he was high-fiving others. You’re in a massive fight. There are other fighters that are really relaxed and do things like that, but that’s not him.

“He should have been focusing on the job, so by the time he got into the ring it just didn’t look right. Certainly during the fight he looked like he didn’t want to be there.”

Boxing fans criticised praise from Joshua’s corner during the fight, with coach Joby Clayton seemingly shouting “brilliant AJ” whilst Usyk had the upper hand.

And Joshua’s longtime trainer Rob McCracken said Joshua didn’t pressure Usyk enough with his jab during the fight.

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Warren thinks Joshua had no gameplan for the fight and credited Usyk for outclassing ‘AJ’ over the twelve rounds.

He continued: “From the start to the finish, there was no deviation in tactics. Every round for him was repetitive. I think he had a little bit of success in the sixth round. Everyone at that stage was wondering has Usyk run out of gas.

“But he didn’t. He got his tactics bang on and the big fella didn’t go out there and do what he should have done, which was impose himself.

“I think Usyk had an easier job with Joshua than he did with Chisora for the period of the fight was on.”

Joshua said after the fight he wants to avenge his loss after recovering from a suspected eye injury, with February or March of next year a likely date for the rematch.

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