Anthony Joshua reveals the only reason he lost to Oleksandr Usyk in the first fight is because his heavyweight rival is a southpaw

ANTHONY JOSHUA claims he only lost to Oleksandr Usyk because the Ukrainian ace was left-handed.

AJ saw his dominance of the heavyweight world title go up in smoke in September when the left-hander passed him.

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AJ says he would have “smoked” Usyk if the Ukrainian had fought orthodoxlyPhoto credit: Getty
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But the Watford ace, 32, bizarrely said the defeat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – despite Usyk’s undisputed cruiserweight reign and 335-15 amateur record – was entirely due to his attitude.

The London 2012 Olympics legend said: “Fighting a leftist is a nightmare and it’s a good one too.

“He’s good – but if he was an orthodox fighter I would have smoked him 100 percent.

“But with this left-wing nonsense it’s just different, they set you up differently.

“If you’re a good left-hander, you have a good chance of making it in boxing, I think.”

When Usyk was promoted from the 14th 4-pound cruiser division, he found that 16th was his ideal heavyweight weight.

The father-of-three was 15.7lbs for the points win over Derek Chisora ​​and 15.11lbs for AJ’s Spurs schooling.

Usyk looks huge in the latest pics from his Dubai camp – where he’s defied a giant orthodox monster perfect for impersonating AJ.


But AJ insists his new partnership with trainer Robert Garcia, the Loughborough gym and fresh killer mentality will help him secure victory by maximizing his size, reach and weight advantages.

When asked if the speculation was in fact the plan, he said: “Yes, it’s obvious, isn’t it, it’s no secret.

“Those are things I need to use, but that’s easier said than done, so we’re working on that.

“That’s why training camps are so challenging and that’s why you usually see a fighter right on the beach after a fight, it’s exhausting.

“It’s obvious that I’m stronger and bigger and – if I can impose my strengths on him – I have a better chance of winning the fight.”

No one in their right mind can criticize Joshua for his career so far, he didn’t even pick up a pair of gloves until he was 18 and has turned British boxing into a mega-money industry with elite opponents.

But he was stunned by the power of Andy Ruiz Jr. and confused by Usyk’s skills.

And he seems so confident that he has the right game plan to complete his second revenge revenge mission, having ruined his idea of ​​tricking the fox the first time.

“I always predicted early in my career that because of the challenges I took on, I was going to be the kind of fighter who took defeats and had to go down that path,” he rightly said.

“I like to take on good challenges and I even did that as an amateur, always straight into the deep end.

“I didn’t have a winning mentality for Usyk, I didn’t think ‘I want to go in there and crush him’. I wanted to compete with him in boxing and see how good I am at it.

“He won and became a pound-for-pound star. But what happens on August 20th if I win, am I going pound for pound great now?”

Every British boxing fan in the world should hope they do – somehow. Anthony Joshua reveals the only reason he lost to Oleksandr Usyk in the first fight is because his heavyweight rival is a southpaw


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