Anthony Joshua: I’ve identified mistakes

Former world heavyweight champion ‘AJ’ vows to win rematch after exercising clause for immediate return

Anthony Joshua has assured fans he is keeping well after losing his world heavyweight titles last weekend.

The Londoner native was beaten comprehensively by Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk in front of at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the capital on Saturday, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office and DAZN.

Joshua, who will be exercising his immediate rematch clause, has remained quiet since the post-fight press conference –– but he broke his silence on Thursday to confirm that he knows where he went wrong in the fight against the former undisputed cruiserweight champion.

“I’ve watched the fight, analysed my preparations & identified my mistakes,” Joshua said in a social media post. “I’ve learnt my lesson. Thanks for sending love & checking in. Don’t worry about me. My spirit is strong!”

Joshua was seen, in footage on the Matchroom YouTube channel, immediately asking Usyk about a rematch after the fight –– and it appears that the new champion’s first defence will indeed be against the Brit after Alex Krassyuk, the manager of Usyk, took steps to confirm that the rematch clause had been exercised from the side of ‘AJ’.

“The rematch was specified in the contract,” he said. “It has already been activated in principle, from the side of Joshua.

“So I remember when we discussed with Oleksandr the issue of rematch, he was delighted and said ‘Wow, cool, I will beat Antokha (Anthony) twice.’”

Joshua lost his belts for the second time in his career to Usyk, having previously been shocked by Andy Ruiz Jr. in June 2019 when he was dropped four times and stopped inside seven rounds at Madison Square Garden in New York.

And now Joshua is fully focused on running it back with Usyk –– with the rematch set to take place in the UK in the first quarter of next year.

“I’m not a sulker,” Joshua said at the post-fight press conference. “This is a blessed opportunity to be able to fight for the heavyweight championship of the world.

“I’m not going to be crying about it because this is war. It’s a long process. This isn’t just one fight and I’m done. I can’t go back and sulk, that’s a waste of time.

“I’m going back to look at ways I can improve, straight away. I’ve already looked at the fight. When I walked back through the tunnel, I said to myself ‘I’m ready to get back into the gym’.

“It was a great experience and we’ve progressed once again, you’ve got to trust the process, good or bad. I can’t look at it and have any regrets.

“I believe I will get a good win in the next fight because of what I did in this fight. It was a great lesson. I’m a quick learner and I’ll bounce back.”

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