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‘Negative’ Joshua ‘lacked ambition’ in Usyk loss, says rival Whyte


Joshua lost his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world titles after being outclassed in only his second professional defeat at the Totteham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night.

The Briton could never build on his fleeting moments of promise against the former undisputed cruiserweight champion in north London, with the highly-skilled and nimble Usyk boxing masterfully for the most part to claim a fully deserved unanimous decision victory.

And Whyte offered no sympathy to his long-time rival afterwards, claiming he was “negative” and “gun shy” while lacking any ambition in the fight.

“I said if Joshua tried to box he was always going to lose,” Whyte told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“If he had come out and bullied him and pushed the pace and let his hands go he could have knocked him out in the first even round.

“But he came out and was being too negative he seemed like a gun shy fighter. You are the bigger man, have a go.

“I don’t know, he lacked ambition in the ring there tonight.

“The first round, Usyk landed the first strong blow and Joshua was a negative fighter. He got tagged with a left and he was worried the whole time.”

Whyte will next face Otto Wallin on October 30 at the O2 Arena, but vowed he would have a “shoot-out” with Usyk if ever given an opportunity.

He added: “I have to go through Wallin first, after we will see.

“But I tell you what, I will not be losing to an overall decision like that, I can tell you that now.

“I will go out and I will have a shoot-out – if I get knocked out, I get knocked out, but I will have a shoot-out, I am not getting out boxed over 12 rounds like that, no chance.”


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