Despite his best efforts, Anthony Joshua was eclipsed by Oleksandr Usyk via split decision at the King Abdullah Sport City Arena in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with scorecards of 115-113, 113-115 and 116-12. At the end of the match, Joshua stormed out of the ring and threw down the Ring Magazine and WBA (super) belts.
The Watford powerhouse returned to the ring shortly afterwards to grab the microphone and deliver a message to all in attendance. “Usyk is a great fighter, give him a round of applause,” Joshua said as the crowd erupted.
“Oh my, that’s just emotion. Wait, wait, I’m talking!” Joshua snapped as Usyk approached. “If you knew my story, you would understand the passion. I’m not a fucking amateur five year old boxer, that was an elite prospect of a childhood brother. I would go to jail in Reading Prison.Read:Premier League records beware: Erling Haaland has landed | Erling Haaland
“I got bail and started training because if I was convicted I wanted to be able to fight. I got my case. G14, where’s your hand? I’m stealing this Usyk. I’m sorry, but it’s the damn passion we stopped this.
“This man here is a phenomenal talent, we’re going to cheer for him three times. How many belts do you have now bro? five?” “AJ” added before cheering.
“And like I said, I studied Ukraine and all the champions that come from your great country, bro. I’ve never been there, but at the same time, what’s happening there … I don’t know what’s happening there, but it’s not fun .
He continued: “Usyk, please raise your hand, under those circumstances you have become champion.”Read:Everton Team News Revealed For Spurs