Two former heavyweight champions and boxing greats in George Foreman and Lennox Lewis, aired their thoughts on another loss for Anthony Joshua.
At Tottenham’s London Stadium, Joshua got defeated by Oleksandr Usyk and displaced as a top division ruler.
For the second time in four years, Joshua is no longer in possession of a belt. According to bookmakers, he’s unlikely to beat Usyk in the rematch.
Foreman, the oldest heavyweight champion of all time, questioned who Joshua was in the aftermath.
“Saw the Joshua vs. Usyk fight. AJ seemed afraid? He lost his identity. (should I be cautious, go twelve, and attack with my power?)
“Usyk typical southpaw “if you won’t hit me, I’ll be award and hit you.” There was something wrong, not AJ [in there] he took his punishments. Who are you, AJ?
“[Joshua] Just needs help in training; that much on the line you need big training camp. Keep his trainer, but bring in help.
“Joshua has a future and lots of ability, but he has got to learn to push his buttons. Some corners are just waiting on their fees; while we push for our destiny.
“AJ just seems confused I’ve been there. Too many in his ear. Make up your mind and be yourself. “A puncher!”
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? pic.twitter.com/f8YwKt0LP8
— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) September 26, 2021
On Usyk, Foreman stated: “Well, high congratulations to the Heavyweight King. Usyk is the future for boxing now. “Come and get me,” He can say now to them all.
Lennox Lewis, another extraordinary specimen at 200 pounds plus, added his thoughts.
“Usyk showed his pedigree in the ring tonight. Amateur Champion. Olympic Gold medalist. Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion and now World Heavyweight champion.
“It pays to take the long road, put in the hard work, and aggressively go after your goals.
. @usykaa showed his pedigree in the ring tonight. Amateur Champion. Olympic Gold medalist. Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion and now World Heavyweight champion. It pays to take the long road, put in the hard work and aggressively go after your goals. #JoshuaUsyk
— Lennox Lewis, CBE, CM (@LennoxLewis) September 25, 2021
LENNOX LEWIS – 101
“Have to give it up to Usyk on a great tactical performance tonight. For Anthony Joshua, it’s not the end of the road.
“You can’t be so tentative or wait till the eighth round to turn it on. Learn from this and improve.”
He later added: “Boxing 101 – Usyk!”
Whether Joshua can regroup and come back again is up to him now. He needs to improve to compete against the best heavyweights in the division.
The likes of Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Andy Ruiz Jr. (when fit), and Uysk would be more challenging tasks than others on any given night.