Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk has claimed his cormer talked him out of knocking Anthony Joshua out during their fight at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium last night.
The 34-year-old Simferopol born defeated Joshua via unanimous decision (UA) with scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113, told the press that his refrain from doing so was something he and his team had planned.
Speaking to Give Me Sport, he said “The fight went exactly the way I expected it to go. There were times when Joshua pushed me hard but nothing special. I had no objective to knock him out.
My corner pushed me not to do that. My trainer said no and to stick to my job.”
Anthony Joshua said he suffered a broken eye socket in the ring, and that he will come back stronger and activate the rematch clause in his contract with the former cruiserweight champion.
“I couldn’t see anything from the ninth round, my eye was shut. It was a good experience because in adversity, you just got to learn to control yourself.
“Stay on top of things. So, when I couldn’t see anything. It’s the first time it’s happened in a fight so I was thinking, alright cool, this is the first time my eyes has closed up in a fight, I can’t see nothing.
“I’m looking at one eye kind of thing. But it got better as the rounds went on.”
Joshua is said he has no regrets and vowed to dust himself off and go again to regain his four titles.
“I’m going to lift myself up. I believe I’ll get a good win in the next fight because of what I’ve learned in this fight. I’m a quick learner and we’ll bounce back.”