Former world heavyweight champion – Anthony Joshua insist he would like to take on Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder despite been dethroned by Oleksandr Usyk in front of more than 66,000 fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.
Joshua was 56% favourite going into the bout, but the superior ringcraft of the former undisputed world cruiserweight champion – Oleksandr Usyk did the magic in the final analysis, scoring 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 to snatch the WBA, IBF and WBO titles from the Brit.
In the face of defeat, Joshua claim he would like to take on the winner of next month’s heavyweight showdown between WBC titlist – Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
“I’ll fight Tyson Fury, Wilder, without the belts. The belts are fun, it’s great, it’s legacy but with or without the belts I’ll fight whoever,” AJ said.
Anthony Joshua did not also rule out a rematch with Usyk:
“If it went well then it would have been perfect but it didn’t so I can’t really look at it and have any regrets.
“What I’m happy about is I can go again and I’ve got a chance of becoming heavyweight champion of the world again. Only positives from here moving forward, I’ve had enough of looking at things from a negative point of view.
“I’m not a weak person. I’m not a sulker. I’m not going to go home [and] cry about it because this is war. It’s a long process. This isn’t just one fight and I’m done, I’ve got an opportunity to go back to the drawing board.
“I can’t depend on anyone to pick me up and pat me on the back. That’s why I’m not going to put my head in my palms and cry all night about it. I just want to get back to the gym and get back on the grind so I can improve.
“I’m going to lift myself up. I believe I’ll get a good win in the next fight because of what I’ve learned in this fight. I’m a quick learner and we’ll bounce back.”
By James K. Attaglo Wilson