‘Negative’ Anthony Joshua ‘lacked ambition’ in Oleksandr Usyk defeat, suggests Dillian Whyte: ‘He seemed gun shy’
Joshua shed his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO planet titles soon after becoming outclassed in only his 2nd professional defeat at the Totteham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Briton could hardly ever construct on his fleeting moments of guarantee versus the previous undisputed cruiserweight winner in north London, with the highly-skilled and nimble Usyk boxing masterfully for the most part to declare a completely deserved unanimous choice victory.
And Whyte made available no sympathy to his extensive-time rival later on, saying he was “negative” and “gun shy” while missing any ambition in the struggle.
“I mentioned if Joshua tried using to box he was usually going to reduce,” Whyte explained to BBC Radio 5 Reside.
“If he experienced come out and bullied him and pushed the tempo and permit his arms go he could have knocked him out in the initially even spherical.
“But he arrived out and was remaining too detrimental he appeared like a gun shy fighter. You are the larger person, have a go.
“I don’t know, he lacked ambition in the ring there tonight.
“The first round, Usyk landed the initial strong blow and Joshua was a damaging fighter. He bought tagged with a left and he was fearful the full time.”
Whyte will subsequent deal with Otto Wallin on Oct 30 at the O2 Arena, but vowed he would have a “shoot-out” with Usyk if at any time supplied an opportunity.
He added: “I have to go through Wallin to start with, following we will see.
“But I explain to you what, I will not be losing to an general determination like that, I can inform you that now.
“I will go out and I will have a shoot-out – if I get knocked out, I get knocked out, but I will have a shoot-out, I am not finding out boxed in excess of 12 rounds like that, no probability.”
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn reported the camp ended up “gutted” at the defeat and admitted Joshua obtained the fight completely wrong.
“We have definitely been in this article in advance of, but this time we are listed here versus a pound-for-pound great fighter,” Hearn said.
“The (Andy) Ruiz defeat was tricky to choose since it was a shock to the program.
“This is a person we knew could take place if he did not get it appropriate, and he failed to get it ideal.
“I you should not imagine AJ boxed a excellent combat tonight, Usyk boxed an superb struggle.
“It was all the points we anxious about in the combat prior to, the over-pondering, trying to stand and box with him, and he took as well numerous photographs early.