Anthony Joshua accused of “accepting defeat” against Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua has been accused of "accepting defeat" too easily against Oleksandr Usyk by Mike Tyson's former trainer Teddy Atlas.

Usyk comfortably outboxed Joshua on home soil back in September to take his unified world heavyweight titles for the second time in the Brit's career.

And the pair look set for a big-money rematch next year as part of Joshua's original fight contract, which is expected to once again land in the UK.

But Atlas believes that the two-time heavyweight champion has made "too much money" in his career, and now accepts defeat too easily when he loses.

He was particularly gracious in defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr after losing his belts the first time at Madison Square Garden in New York in June of 2019, but seems a bit angrier heading into his rematch against Usyk.

"Joshua, he's made too much money," Atlas said during newest episode of his podcast The Fight.

"I do [think that]. He accepts defeat too easily, too graciously – I want a good winner and a good loser, don't get me wrong.

"I believe as much as anybody, if not more than most people, about that, about showing that kind of graciousness whether you win or lose, but he's too gracious when it comes to it.

"Like a guy that made too much money."

Joshua did comfortably beat Ruiz in the rematch of their world heavyweight title fight, but is expected to face a much tougher task against Usyk.

He was hurt on a number of occasions against the unbeaten ex-cruiserweight champion, as well as being outboxed in almost every round to lose a unanimous decision.

Ruiz had ballooned in weight to just a stone shy of 300lb, but Usyk appears to be in peak condition and laser-focused on his second bout with Joshua.

However, the Brit has said he plans to come into the fight with a new sense of aggression, saying he plans to "murder" his rival.

“The learning is done, it’s war, straight war. I’m boiling up inside even speaking about it,” Joshua told iFL TV back in October.

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“He [Usyk] has had like 400 amateur fights, he’s seen people that have tried to rough him up, millions of times, so to just try and adapt to one [game plan] is silly.

“But for me I have one thing in my mind; that’s war, that’s murder, that’s war. That’s go out there and hurt the guy, and take his soul to the point where he wants to give up.

“With the game plan, that’s all I have in my mind at the minute; that one track, stay on course, take this guy to places he doesn’t want to go.”

There is no date in place for the fight as yet, nor a location, but it is expected to take place somewhere in the UK during the month of April.

At one point it had appeared that Tyson Fury's team may offer Joshua a step aside deal to allow an undisputed title fight to happen, but that never materialised.

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