Anthony Joshua vows to learn from Oleksandr Usyk loss


Anthony Joshua suffered a second career loss in his loss to Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua said he was “done losing” as he considered a training reshuffle following his loss to Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua, who lost the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles to Ukrainian Usyk, told iFL TV he was ready for “war” as he prepared for a possible rematch.

“I’m done losing. I’m done trying to learn the sweet science,” said Joshua of Britain, 32.

“[Usyk] could be thrown to the ground in the next fight because it’s war. “

He added: “I’m now heading into my 12th world title fight and the learning is over. It’s done. It’s just war. I’m bored. I’m just bubbling over to talk about it.”

Joshua spent time in the United States since the loss and has worked with top coaches including Ronnie Shields, who was instrumental in Mike Tyson’s career in the ring.

He insisted he was not parting ways with longtime coach Rob McCracken, but instead needed to develop further by seeking other contributions.

“I also need a new coach to learn,” he added.

“I’m not going to be based in the US, I’m a UK resident so I’m not going to the US to find a new coach.

“Rob is in Lithuania so I have to find a new coach for some points because I train 10 or 11 months a year. I have to take a step back and receive new lessons from coaches who have coached 13 or 14 world champions.

“I wish I had done these things earlier, but now I can go out there and add things to my game.”

The loss to Usyk put any immediate hope of a clash with fellow Briton Tyson Fury, the WBC belt holder, on hold.

However, Joshua said he would use the setback as a catalyst for further success.

“Because you don’t hear from me, maybe I’m not scared and blinded to Instagram stories and stuff like that, that doesn’t mean I take the losses,” he said. he declares.

“We had embarrassing conversations in the camp. It hurts, especially when you have a winning mentality.

“I know from experience and from experience, my mindset and my assessment of the losses and how I use them, it can catapult me ​​to the next level.”

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