Oleksandr Usyk hands Anthony Joshua belts back after heavyweight victory
Anthony Joshua ready to do 'it all again' after Usyk loss
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Footage has emerged of Oleksandr Usyk handing back over the belts he won from Anthony Joshua to the Brit. The Ukrainian heavyweight saw off AJ at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night after winning their fight with a score of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113.
Usyk’s victory has seen him earn four major belts – the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO.
But a video from the locker room shared on Twitter following the bout showed Usyk giving the belts back to Joshua, with the 34-year-old to be sent new ones.
The duo will take each other on again in the near future due to a contractual right in their contract, with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn suggesting it could take place as early as February or March.
And as Usyk handed over the belts AJ told him: “See you soon.”
Joshua appears determined to bounce back from this latest setback, and insists he will immediately head back to the gym to get in shape for his next challenge.
“Well done to the winner,” he said. “We’ll be back again, get back into training. It was a great 12 rounds and a great experience as well in the ring.
“We progress from this point on once again. We’ll be doing it all again soon.
“I never tend to look at the opponent, I just look at myself and where I went wrong. So it’s not so much what he done, it’s the opportunities I gave him.
“I’m going to go back and look at myself and correct my wrongs.”
Usyk, meanwhile, said: “The fight went exactly the way I expected it to go.
“There were a couple of moments when Anthony pushed me hard, but just nothing special.
“I had no objective to knock him out because my trainers, my corner, pushed me not to do that.
“At the beginning I hit him hard and just tried to knock him out but my trainer said just stop and do my job.”
Talk will now turn to where the rematch will take place, with Usyk wanting to fight in his native Ukraine.
Hearn, however, has cast doubt on this wish, saying: “We will work together to maximise (the income), Ukraine is very unlikely.
“I think it will be international or the UK, I would think it would be in the UK.”
Boxing fans will now turn their attentions towards the next big fight, Tyson Fury’s third clash against Deontay Wilder, which takes place on October 9.
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