Anthony Joshua says a combat towards Tyson Fury may nonetheless occur sooner or later, even with out his world heavyweight titles, after his loss to Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua’s WBA, IBF and WBO belts have been ripped away by Usyk, who produced a masterful unanimous resolution victory at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday evening.
A rematch with Usyk is now the highest precedence for Joshua, reasonably than an undisputed world title conflict towards Tyson Fury, however he nonetheless believes he can combat his British rival, with or with out his world titles.
“The highway to undisputed and all that stuff, it is good,” stated Joshua on the post-fight press convention.
“As I stated, I am going to combat Tyson Fury, Wilder, with out the belts.
“The belts are enjoyable. It is nice, it is legacy. However with or with out the belts, I am going to combat whoever. The highway to undisputed is a pleasant title to have and a pleasant title to chase.
“However would you continue to watch it, with out the belts?
“That is the primary factor – is you have acquired two aggressive fighters within the ring from UK soil, that simply need to go toe-to-toe.”
However Joshua firstly intends to activate a rematch clause for a direct second combat towards Usyk.
Requested if he wished a rematch, Joshua stated: “100 per cent. 110 per cent.
“I am able to get again to coaching. Due to the 12 rounds, my lungs and all the things, it was a superb 12-rounder, so I will be in a superb place after I get again into coaching to choose up the place we left off.”
Joshua required medical consideration after struggling a badly swollen proper eye, which he admits had severely restricted his imaginative and prescient.
“What went unsuitable? Simply taking a loss, however we’ll get it proper,” stated Joshua.
“From the ninth, I could not see within the ninth spherical. Could not see something actually.
“My eye was shut, nevertheless it was a superb expertise, as a result of in adversity, you have simply acquired to study to regulate your self, keep up to the mark, so after I could not see something, it is the primary time it is occurred in a combat.
“I used to be considering, ‘Alright, cool, it is the primary time my eye has closed up in a combat. I can not see nothing.’
“I am looking of 1 eye, nevertheless it acquired higher because the rounds went on.”
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