Anthony Joshua defended by Tyson Fury’s father after huge Oleksandr Usyk blow

Anthony Joshua ready to do 'it all again' after Usyk loss

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It won’t be much solace for Anthony Joshua, but Tyson Fury’s father has leapt to his defence following his shock loss to Oleksandr Usyk in north London. It’s unsure where the Brit goes from here with his heavyweight plans up in smoke.

Joshua suffered his second professional defeat in his career on Saturday night at the Tottenham Hostpur Stadium after Usyk outclassed him from start to finish.

Usyk, who went on the front foot straight away, won the fight via a unanimous points decision with the judges scoring the cards 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 in his favour.

The defeat means Joshua has relinquished his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles, and perhaps even more significantly, put a major dent in British hopes of seeing a titanic heavyweight clash with rival Fury materialise.

And following Saturday’s masterclass from the Ukrainian, Fury’s father – John – has criticised Joshua’s corner for not changing up the tactics during the 12-round battle.

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He told BT Sport: “Listen he’s a very awkward man Usyk. Obviously he’d never fought anybody like that before.

“What he did need to do is adopt Derek Chisora’s game plan because he did a better job than what [AJ] did.

“I thought if he used his weight a bit more and put a bit more devil in his work, it could’ve gone better for him. I was surprised because he’s a big dude.

“He might’ve lost too much weight, but what he needed to do was get all over him and put him under pressure. Not let him settle.

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“When your plan ain’t working, it’s up to the corner to switch it up, and they never. They kept saying in the eighth round, ‘Be smart behind your jab.’

“It wasn’t working because he was in front of a master technician and he played Usyk’s game from the beginning. They didn’t try and change it – it’s his corner’s fault.”

Fury’s father then leapt to Joshua’s defence even further, adding: “Give AJ a break. Because it wasn’t all AJ’s fault, it was his corner, they never had the brains to help him out of a sticky situation.”

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Joshua’s dreams of setting up an all-British showdown with Fury are in tatters now, with the latter hoping to have won his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder on October 9 to seal the fight.

Joshua is now desperately bidding to get his heavyweight campaign back on track.

And Usyk’s promoter confirmed on Tuesday that Joshua has triggered his rematch clause to face the Ukrainian, who will be defending his newly won WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles.

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