ANTHONY JOSHUA has been criticized for indulging in Conor McGregor’s Forged Stout after he pushed Robert Helenius into oblivion.
The Watford warrior breathed new life into his career with a brutal seventh-round knockout at the Nordic Nightmare at the O2 last weekend.
A jubilant McGregor was ringside for the fight and jumped into the square circle shortly after the KO to overwhelm AJ with a mug of his fermented beer.
Joshua, 33, took an uneasy sip of the dark stout when McGregor held it to his lips – a decision former super middleweight champion Carl Froch thought was foolish.
The cobra said on his Fight with Froch Podcast: “His nose was full of blood, his mouth was bleeding profusely.
“As we saw as he jumped out of the ring and sipped on that nasty Irish stout that Conor McGregor shoved in his face.
“And all the blood, snot and sweat went into that beer.
“How unprofessional is that? AJ jumps out of the ring, also a bit disrespectful – Helenius gets medical attention and jumps out of the ring.
“Okay, fair play – go see your father, go see your family.
“You just won a fight, you were a little nervous and there’s a lot of pressure on you – okay, fine.”
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“But don’t go to Conor McGregor trying to steal the show by making what’s probably a really expensive suit look really cheap because it just looks like a scruffy bastard.”
“Standing around ringside yelling and talking nonsense and trying to be the center of attention shoves that nasty Irish stout in AJ’s face.
“He shouldn’t have drunk that stout because the stout could have been contaminated, you have to do a follow-up.”check.
“Very unprofessional of Anthony Joshua.”
Froch believes AJ should have followed the example of British rival Tyson Fury, who famously refused to drink water bottles offered to him by strangers after his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 and his rematch against Deontay Wilder in 2020.
The victory over Helenius was Joshua’s second consecutive triumph since his two defeats at the hands of former pound-for-pound king Oleksandr Usyk.
He is expected to return to action early next year for a long overdue grudge match with former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder.