Third fight with Usyk? Joshua sensationally gives up the absolute championship
British boxer Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) would not mind having a third fight with Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs). The Watford native admitted that he had let his fans down and was very upset about the fiasco in two fights against our compatriot.
Joshua said this in an interview with Boxing King Media, boxingnews24.com reports. He sensationally added that he had abandoned the idea of fighting for the title of absolute world champion in the super-heavyweight division, disappointed in this regard after the breakdown of Usyk's negotiations with Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs).
"As a champion for my fans and the people who stand behind me with the flag of the country, I let many people down. I received well-deserved criticism. I always have high hopes for myself, but against Usyk I was in the ring with a really skilled guy and I would definitely enjoy the opportunity to fight him again. I'm done with the absolute championship. It's a headache. I've been chasing it for a long time. But it's a whole saga. I just want to win a title," said Joshua.
Recall that Usyk and Joshua fought twice for the title of unified world champion. The Ukrainian won two victories - in September 2021 by unanimous decision of the judges, and a year later - by split decision.
Earlier, Joshua demonstrated his true attitude towards Usyk. He also expressed dissatisfaction with the situation around the Ukrainian champion's fights. The day before, Oleksandr commented publicly on the cancellation of the fight with Fury for the first time. In turn, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn expressed confidence that the Ukrainian's fight against Tyson would take place.
Earlier, the World Boxing Association (WBA) issued an ultimatum to Usyk and Fury and named the British Daniel Dubois (19-1, 18 KOs) as a mandatory contender for the Ukrainian's championship belt. Our compatriot decided to leave his training camp after the news of the cancellation of the fight with Tyson. And the Briton was literally furious about the cancellation of the fight and showered Oleksandr with insults.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Usyk's promoter Oleksandr Krasiuk revealed the details of negotiations with Tyson Fury and the reason for the cancellation of the historic superfight. And boxing fans have been tearing the Gypsy King apart online.
The British promoter threatened the Ukrainian with the deprivation of the championship belt. In addition, American Deontay Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) admitted that he was not surprised by the disruption of the Usyk-Fury fight.
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