Anthony Joshua hints Tyson Furys mind games played huge role in defeat to Usyk

Anthony Joshua has admitted that mind games on behalf of Tyson Fury played a huge role in his loss to Oleksandr Usyk in September.

Fury joked in the direction of Joshua: "You’ve got one guy who doesn’t have a great engine – that gasses out after three or four punches.

"He looks good, but looks can be deceiving.

"If it was about looks, I wouldn’t be heavyweight champion of the world, would I? Definitely not, I’d be a road sweeper."

And Joshua attempted to outbox Usyk at Wembley, only to lose his heavyweight titles to the Ukrainian superstar in decisive fashion.

Joshua told Sky Sports: "Usyk came up from cruiserweight, he is a great fighter, a 12-round fighter, and I wanted to box with him for 12 rounds.

"There was always this stigma that I could not box, that I was this ‘big stiff body-builder’.

"So I said ‘cool, let me practice my boxing’.

"I tried practising my boxing with Usyk and it didn’t work."

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Joshua is looking to challenge the Ukrainian for his titles in a rematch, that is expected to be held in April 2022.

Eddie Hearn told iFL TV: “April is realistic for that fight and where it’s going to be.

“AJ is the type that fights twice a year, and sometimes we feel like it would be nice to fight three times a year.

"We’ve had offers from around the world, but I think the UK will stage that fight.”

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World boxing is still waiting for the mammoth clash between Fury and Joshua, as the pair continue to trade verbals in press conferences and over social media.

The pair had looked set to meet in the squared circle las year, but after the fight fell though Joshua faced Usyk while Fury took on Deontay Wilder.

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