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George Foreman blasts Anthony Joshua and says he ‘lost his identity’ in Usyk loss

George Foreman has blasted Anthony Joshua for his performance in the shock defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, asking him: “Who are you AJ?”.

Joshua lost a unanimous points decision to the undefeated Ukrainian who produced a dominant performance to take the world heavyweight title belts at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night.

Having stepped up from the cruiserweight division, Usyk faced questions over his stamina and power, but it was Joshua who struggled to find answers throughout the fight.

The 31-year-old did not impose his superior strength and aside from a right hand which connected in the sixth round, he barely troubled his opponent.



Former two-time world heavyweight champion George Foreman smiles during the 'Fists of Gold' boxing event in Macau on April 6, 2013
George Foreman questioned Anthony Joshua’s fight tactics against Oleksandr Usyk

Fellow former two-time heavyweight champ Foreman, 72, was bemused by what he saw and took to Twitter to share his thoughts.

He said: “Saw the Joshua/Usyk fight: AJ seemed afraid? He lost his identity. (should I be cautious (go 12) attack with my power?).

“Usyk typical southpaw “if you won’t hit me I’ll be award and hit you” something’s wrong not AJ he took his punishments. Who are you AJ?”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: 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. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Joshua was out-boxed by Usyk and barely threatened the undefeated Ukrainian

Joshua’s lacklustre performance led to all three judges ruling the fight in Usyk’s favour, handing him only his second ever professional defeat.

The loss has put a British super fight with Tyson Fury in serious doubt, though that could be back on track if the defeat is rectified in a rematch.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has said Joshua will want to get back in the ring as soon as possible, but Usyk didn’t seem so keen in his post-fight interview.



Oleksandr Usyk celebrates after being crowned the new World Champion following the Heavyweight Title Fight between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25, 2021 in London, England
Usyk took Joshua’s world heavyweight belts after a unanimous points win

“I have been working so hard since January in preparation for this fight, it took me half a year and I didn’t see my family for so long,” he said.

“I missed seeing them playing. I want to go home and be happy with my family and I’m not thinking about the rematch.”

Joshua is still intent on meeting Fury and said he’d fight him without any belts on the line: “As I said, I’ll fight Tyson Fury, Wilder, without the belts.”

George Foreman blasts Anthony Joshua and says he 'lost his identity' in Usyk loss
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