Anthony Joshua explains how 'complicated life' has 'affected' him

Anthony Joshua reveals he is still emotionally ‘hurting’ following his second straight defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in August… as he says his ‘complicated life’ outside of the ring has ‘affected’ him

  • AJ says boxing has become ‘complicated’ due of factors outside of the ring
  • Joshua, 33, suffered a second-straight defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in August
  • The heavyweight says he is ‘hurting’ but insists he will be back next year 

Anthony Joshua says boxing has become ‘complicated’ because of factors outside of the ring – but insists he is ‘focused’ on returning to the canvas next year. 

Joshua suffered a second-straight defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in August, having lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to the Ukrainian mastermind in September last year.

Joshua says the fact he is no longer a champion ‘hurts’ and that his emotions are ‘affecting his ring activity’. However, he insists he’ll be ‘ready to fight again next year’.

Anthony Joshua says boxing has become ‘complicated’ because of factors outside of the ring

Speaking to DAZN, Joshua said: ‘My life is complicated. Boxing has become a bit complicated for me. 

‘Everyone is just trying to make the most of this time while I’m boxing and they’re doing a good job.

‘But it does affect my ring activity. So I’m just always trying to push that stuff away. It’s a challenge. I’m just trying to get it out the way this year, so next year I can just focus. 

Joshua (right) suffered second-straight defeat to Oleksandr Usyk (left) in August (above), having lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to the Ukrainian in September last year 

AJ says not being a champion ‘hurts’ and that his emotions are ‘affecting his ring activity’

‘I’m not champion and it’s just hurting a lot. So I’m in the gym rebuilding and restructuring everything I have to do inside and outside of the ring.

‘There is a lot that goes on outside the ring in my life which makes my ring life complicated. 

‘So I just need to simplify a lot of stuff outside the ring and then I can put my full attention in the ring. And once I’ve got that done, next year I’ll be ready.’

Many questioned whether AJ would retire off the back of two devastating defeats. However, Joshua has made it clear he has no plans to throw in the towel. 

He was first thrown an unlikely bone by Tyson Fury in September, only for negotiations with the Gypsy King’s team to eventually hit a snag.

Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the two parties were in negotiations over a potential deal 

He has since been linked with a potential fight against Deontay Wilder in 2023 – with Eddie Hearn confirming both parties have entered talks over a potential deal.

However, AJ has remained coy over his future. He said he doesn’t ‘want to make statements and then get held to the cross’.

He told DAZN: ‘I don’t know [when I’ll be back]. I was supposed to be in the ring this year, I’m going to be in the ring next year.

‘I’ll be in the ring when I’m in the ring. I don’t want to make statements today and then I’ll get held to the cross. Do you know what I mean? When I’m ready, I’ll be back in the ring.’




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