New uncut footage shows what sparked Anthony Joshua’s emotional reaction to his loss to Oleksandr Usyk.
Following the announcement of the result of Saturday’s world heavyweight title rematch, Joshua is initially pictured calm while shaking hands and chatting with Usyk’s manager, Egis Klimas, second.
He proceeds to exchange words with former Ukrainian three-weight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko, seen in a black bucket hat, before punching two members of Usyk’s team and ignoring another , wearing a black t-shirt, as he seemingly tapped Joshua on the shoulder. to accompany him.
From there, Joshua takes two of Usyk’s belts from head trainer Yurii Ivanovich Tkachenko, who appeared to pass them to the champion, before walking to the other side of the ring and throwing them to the ground.
On the way back, the British boxer appears to graze Tkachenko, who makes a comment in response to prompt a heated exchange of words that saw Joshua’s teammates hold him back.
Joshua is then seen stepping out of the ring and throwing down his towel in frustration before appearing to react angrily to a comment from someone not in the know.
He eventually turns around and returns to the ring, where he shakes Usyk’s hand while congratulating him again, before reaching for the microphone before his post-fight speech.
“I feel nothing but respect for Anthony Joshua,” Usyk said afterwards. “I saw he was a bit emotional and intimidated some of my team-mates.
“But I don’t recommend him to bare-knuckle with them because they’re horrible street fighters.
“I have 20 fights and 20 wins right now, some of my guys have 25 [wins] and 25 as knockouts.”
Joshua: I let emotions get the better of me after Usyk loss
Joshua has vowed to ‘be better’ after admitting losing control of his emotions in the loss to Usyk.
He wrote: “Wishing @usykaa continued success in your quest for greatness. You are a class champion.
“I had to mentally put myself in a dark place to compete for the championship belts! I had two fights, one with Usyk and one with my emotions and both got the better of me.
“I’ll be the first to admit that I let myself down. I acted out of pure passion and emotion and when it’s unchecked it’s not great.
“I love this sport so much and I will be better from now on. Respect.”