WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk has sent a warning to former WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion, Anthony Joshua.
Joshua lost to the Ukrainian by a split decision. American judge awarded the fight 115-113 to Joshua, with the British and Ukrainian judges deciding 115-113 and 116-112 to Usyk.
The Watford born boxer lost his temper moments after Usyk had been declared the winner of the fight, dropping two of the champion’s belts over the top rope of the ring and then arguing with the opposing team.
“If you knew my story you would understand the passion,” Joshua said in front of a crowd of about 10,000 gathered at the King Abdullah Sports City Arena, Jeddah.
“I ain’t no amateur boxer from five years old that was an elite prospect from youth. I was going to jail, I got bail and I started training my arse off, I wanted to be able to fight.
“I’m not a 12-round fighter, look at me, I’m a new breed of heavyweights,” Joshua continued. “Mike Tyson, Sonny Liston, Jack Dempsey, ‘you don’t throw combinations like Rocky Marciano’, I’m 18 stone, I’m heavy, it’s hard work.”
Reacting to Joshua’s post match anger, Usyk said ; “I feel nothing but respect to AJ. I saw him a bit emotional and like bullying some of my teammates.
“That would be a bare-knuckle fight that I don’t recommend him to do because most of them are horrible street fighters.”
Usyk who holds three of the four major heavyweight belts, dedicated the victory to his country and his family.
“I devote this victory to my country, to my family, to my team, to all the military defending this country,” the 35-year-old said through a translator. “Thank you very, very much.” He concluded.