Anthony Joshua sarcastically acted surprised when his unanimous points defeat against Oleksandr Usyk was announced on Saturday night.
Joshua was beaten convincingly by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, failing to get to grips with the speed and elusiveness of the Ukrainian in what proved a one-sided contest.
He was even fortunate to hear the final bell, with a barrage of punishment leaving him out on his feet in the dying seconds of the 12th round.
As the two men waited for the judges’ scorecards to be read out, it was never in doubt that Usyk would rightfully be crowned the new unified heavyweight champion of the world.
Scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-13 in his favour confirmed his victory, and Joshua still found room for some sarcasm in the aftermath of his second professional defeat.
The crestfallen Brit initially produced a shocked reaction when Usyk was named the winner, before shrugging his shoulders in acceptance that he had been well and truly outclassed on the night.
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AJ insists he will be exercising his rematch clause straight away, blaming his poor end to Saturday’s fight on an eye injury he sustained in the ninth round.
“I couldn’t see in the ninth round, couldn’t see anything really because my eye was shut,” he said at his post-fight press conference.
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“It was a good experience because in adversity you’ve just got to learn to control yourself, stay on top of things, so when I couldn’t see anything – it’s the first time that it’s happened in a fight.”
He then added: “When I was walking back through the tunnel, I just said to myself, ‘I’m ready to get back to the gym, I’m ready to just put that work in’.
“I just want to get back to the gym, get back on the grind and improve, so when I fight these good guys and see that they are hurt I can capitalise on the opportunity.
“It was a great lesson today. I know we can look at it from a negative point of view but, for me, I’ve got to take it as a great lesson and build on that situation.”