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Anthony Joshua called “damaged goods” and told to steer clear of Oleksandr Usyk rematch

Anthony Joshua is “damaged goods” after his conclusive defeat against Oleksandr Usyk and should steer clear of a rematch with the Ukrainian, says Frank Warren.

Usyk put on a boxing clinic at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to dethrone Joshua, ripping the WBO, IBF and WBA ‘Super’ heavyweight titles from his grasp in a one-sided beatdown over 12 rounds.

Despite weighing almost 20lbs more, AJ failed to make the most of his physical advantages on Saturday night and was instead outboxed by one of the most technically-gifted fighters on the planet.

The crestfallen Brit insists he will be exercising his immediate rematch clause, which Warren believes would be a mistake.



Anthony Joshua after his fight against Oleksandr Usyk
Anthony Joshua is “damaged goods” after his conclusive defeat against Oleksandr Usyk and should steer clear of a rematch with the Ukrainian, says Frank Warren

However, the Queensberry promoter says the door is very much still open for a domestic showdown with Tyson Fury.

“He shouldn’t go anywhere near Usyk – he will never beat him,” Warren told the Daily Mail.

“In terms of fighting Tyson Fury, it can happen. Joshua losing has taken away the belts and he is damaged goods now.

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Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine fights Anthony Joshua of Great Britain during the Heavyweight Title Fight between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25, 2021 in London, England
Joshua was outclassed by Usyk over 12 rounds on Saturday night

“But people would still buy into that fight. It can happen and it can happen in the UK.

“He shouldn’t have a rematch with Usyk. I wouldn’t even think about it if I was him.”

Joshua was on the verge of securing an undisputed battle with Fury, who holds the WBC strap, back in the summer, only for the latter to be ordered by a US court to face Deontay Wilder for a third time.



Anthony Joshua after his defeat vs Oleksandr Usyk
Warren has advised AJ not to take an immediate rematch with Usyk, but he says a potential bout with Tyson Fury could still happen



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And on the back of Saturday’s performance, Warren says his man would have only needed a few rounds to take him out.

“I thought Joshua was poor,” he added. “Take nothing away from Usyk, who was brilliant, but Joshua was poor. He didn’t fancy it at all.

“What was he even doing on the ring walk? He was shaking hands with people in the crowd.



Tyson Fury workouts at the Top Rank Gym on May 4, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada
He insists Fury would have stopped him inside a few rounds on Saturday night

“You’re meant to be on a mission. When he was in the ring he looked gun shy.

“Tyson Fury would have destroyed him inside three or four rounds. Tyson has great footwork, a great chin and his hands are as fast as Usyk’s and he is bigger – he would have destroyed Joshua.”

Anthony Joshua called "damaged goods" and told to steer clear of Oleksandr Usyk rematch
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