Anthony Joshua told he ‘didn’t need to apologise for child’s play’ in explosive rant

Emotional Anthony Joshua explains erratic behaviour after defeat

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Boxing promoter Kalle Sauerland has slammed Anthony Joshua’s critics following the Brit’s ‘meltdown’ after falling to defeat against Oleksandr Usyk for a second time last weekend. With scorecards of 115-113, 113-115, and 116-12, Joshua was denied the chance to become a three-time heavyweight champion in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

At the end of the contest, the Brit stormed out of the ring and threw down the Ring Magazine and WBA (super) belts before returning shortly after to deliver an impassioned speech that received a mixed response.

Some believed, Joshua, had ‘stolen Usyk’s moment’ while others saw it simply as an outpouring of emotion from a man under tremendous pressure. Sauerland sits in the latter camp and has stated that AJ didn’t need to apologise for his actions post-fight in an explosive X-rated rant with iFL TV.

He said: “Give the man a f***ing break, f***ing Anthony Joshua, all the money he’s brought into the sport. Fury and Joshua are the reason we’re talking about heavyweight boxing. They’re the reason journeymen are earning ten times what they were earning four years ago.

“They’re the reason that people on the high street are talking about boxing. F*** off with f***ing picking on Anthony Joshua cause he’s a f***ing bit of a sore loser. Every f***ing champion is a sore loser. Some can cover it better and some not. I’ve got to say the whole rude boy coming out of him that’s the spite of AJ, he’s a north London boy he came out and showed us a bit of the spite that he shows in the ring.

“I get he came out and apologised that’s the politically correct thing to do these days. You know what Tyson wouldn’t have apologised he would have said ‘f*** off’. Mike Tyson that is and actually Tyson Fury probably wouldn’t have apologised. For me, he didn’t even need to apologise, that’s emotion, that’s real emotion.

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He continued: “So what he was devastated but he showed real emotion that’s what you want to see, I love it. So, was it a bit of a meltdown? Yes. Do you want to see my meltdowns? F*** me, that was child’s play, b****y hell I would have dropped all four [belts] out of the ring.”

Joshua now prepares to return to the ring around November-December time against a currently undisclosed opponent. Among the possible names are Dillian Whyte and Deontay Wilder.

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