‘My last fight tore me apart’ – Anthony Joshua discusses his decision to not fight again until 2023
Anthony Joshua has revealed that he has decided not to fight again this year in order to’rest mentally’ following his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in August.
When he faced Usyk for the second time in August in Saudi Arabia, the British-Nigerian boxer failed to reclaim his world titles from the Ukrainian.
Following the fight, Joshua went on a bizarre rant in the ring, for which he later apologized.
The former two-time world champion admitted that his post-fight behavior demonstrated how important the rematch was to him, prompting friends to advise him not to rush back into the ring.
‘You saw after my last fight, it tore me apart,’ Joshua said in an interview with DAZN.
‘I had so much riding on it, for me, the British fans, the undisputed fight, it just really tore me apart. So from a mental capacity, my close ones are telling me: “you should rest mentally”.
‘Physically, I’m down to fight. I’m a warrior, I like this game, I like competing. But on a mental aspect, I think people have really seen it means a lot.’
Just weeks after his loss to Usyk, Joshua was called out by Tyson Fury for a potentially huge domestic heavyweight clash. Negotiations between the two teams appeared to start well for a December 3 bout, with Joshua initially accepting Fury’s terms.
The talks between two teams later broke down after that, with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn claiming Fury’s team failed to respond when they returned the first draft of the contract, while the Gypsy King’s chief negotiator George Warren stated that Joshua’s camp went quiet when it came to discussing the proposed fight.