It was a close to home second for Nigerian-conceived British contender, Anthony Joshua, who lost his rematch to Ukrainian, Oleksandr Usyk in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday.
After the appointed authorities’ choice was announced, Joshua got two of the title belts and tossed them over the side of the ropes prior to stomping out of the ring in dissatisfaction.
Minutes after the fact, he returned and got the mic, telling the King Abdullah Sports City: “This person beat me this evening, perhaps I might have improved, yet it shows the degree of difficult work I put in, so kindly provide him with a show of approval as our heavyweight boss of the world.
“Assuming that you knew my story you would figure out the energy. I ain’t no beginner fighter from five-years of age, that was a first class prospect from youth.
“I planned to prison, I kicked bail and I off preparing myself; I needed to have the option to battle.
“I’m taking this Usyk I’m unfortunately this is a direct result of the energy we put into this. This person to beat me this evening, perhaps I might have improved, however it shows the degree of difficult work I put in so kindly provide him with a show of approval as our heavyweight hero of the world.’
“I’m not a 12 round contender, see me, I’m another type of heavyweights, Mike Tyson, Sonny Liston, Jack Dempsey, ‘you don’t toss mixes like Rocky Marciano’, I’m 18 stone, I’m weighty, it’s persistent effort.”
The rematch in Saudi Arabia, follows their session last year in London, where Usyk won the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts from the British fighter.