Oleksandr Usyk says Joshua bullied my teammates

By Craig Daly: Oleksandr Usyk says he didn’t like the way Anthony Joshua “intimidated” his teammates when he broke down mentally after losing last Saturday night in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. At one point, Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) grabbed two of Usyk’s belts and threw them out of the ring.

Later, Joshua launched into a long, swear-filled rant, appearing to seek sympathy from the crowd. It was hard to listen to; in particular, there were many young fans and families in the audience.

I saw him getting a little emotional and bullying some of my teammates,” said Oleksandr Usyk during the post fight press conference on the bizarre behavior of Anthony Joshua.

“It would look like a bare-knuckle fight, but I wouldn’t recommend him doing it because most of them are horrible street fighters. I have 20 wins right now. Some of my guys have 25 and 25 knockout wins,” Usyk warned.

“I didn’t mind Joshua’s reaction at all,” Gareth A. Davies told talkSPORT. “He was full of adrenaline and desperately disappointed. He was very emotional.

“Anthony Joshua is always the A side in terms of promotion. He was always the A side here. There’s a reason we’re here with a lot of money, Eddie Hearn, and all the support.

“Usyk is a supreme boxer, but Joshua is the superstar, and he was acting, not with humor, but he was saying too much. He praised Usyk. The flag, all those things. It was a misstep; there is no doubt. He’s going to be a little embarrassed.

“Everyone at home was behind him. Stylistically, outside of Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk is the division’s biggest problem. I think Anthony Joshua showed improved performance. I agree that his stock has increased.

“He did all the right things this time. In the middle of the fight, he seemed to lose his focus, but he came back. I had it 5-4 after 9 but then Usyk used all his boxing stuff to look really good and he did what he said he would do which was keep the belts.

“It was a phenomenal fight. I would watch them fight again, by the way, because I think Joshua still has room for improvement, and we saw that tonight,” Davies said.

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