Anthony Joshua had to be ‘rescued’ from emotional outburst after Alexander Usyk loss, says Fraser Clarke | Boxing news

Anthony Joshua’s emotional outburst after his rematch defeat by Alexander Usyk should have been prevented by his team, according to Sky Sports experts.

Joshua threw Usyk’s world titles out of the ring after his defeat and then gave a remarkable speech after his split decision loss to Usyk in Jeddah.

But Fraser Clarke, a close friend of Joshua’s, believes the British heavyweight star should have been given time to keep his composure.

“As a friend at the gym and a friend in general, for anyone who is offended by what happened, I think I can just apologize on their behalf for the outburst,” Clark said Sky Sports.

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Sky Sports’ Boxing Panel covers Anthony Joshua’s post-fight outburst following his defeat by Alexander Usyk.

“He might be mad at me for saying that and the whole team might be mad at me for saying that, but I feel like he’s been left out to dry by the team. I feel like someone had to save him.

“These are words, but in the true reflection of boxing, it was Alexander Usyk’s time to celebrate this victory, and he didn’t get to do it right away. I just don’t think that was right, but again, Anthony is a great guy, he does a lot for a lot of people, he did a lot for me, but I feel like there was a little bit of a bad thing there and it was out of character. There were no excuses, this was Alexander Usyk’s time.

“To the people around him, where were you? Someone should have jumped in there. Someone should have stopped him and saved him from himself. It was just words, but it was the wrong time.”

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Anthony Joshua lost his temper after losing his rematch with Alexander Usyk and reacted angrily by throwing away two belts and arguing with his team.

Froch: “He stole Usyk’s moment”

Carl Froch thought Joshua deserved credit after a tough 12 rounds, but had then taken the spotlight from Usyk.

“He took the microphone, he stole Usyk’s moment, but let’s not get too mad. He didn’t say anything that would offend anyone too much,” Froch said.

“He was just trying to talk straight. He wore his heart on his sleeve but stole Usyk’s moment and it was a little weird.

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Highlights: Alexander Usyk used his class skills to win a split decision after a thrilling rematch with Anthony Joshua. Watch the full replay of Usyk vs Joshua 2 on Tuesday from 10pm on Sky Sports, YouTube, and the Sky Sports app

“I didn’t like the way the belts were thrown. It was a great boxing match, I thought it was a great performance. But it highlights his passion – how much it meant to him and how much he wanted it.”

McLean: “Emotions are running high”

Matthew McLeanwho was in the ring in Jeddah said Sky Sports: “It was strange, but emotions are running high.

“We don’t know what he’s had to put up with, go through mentally, emotionally — all the doubters, all the haters, all the bashing.” We don’t deal with that, he.

“He is disappointed that he lost, he pushed himself physically to the limit. It wasn’t a great moment, but it spilled over, didn’t it.’

Johnny Nelson also sensed that Joshua was struggling to contain his bitter disappointment as he recounted Sky Sports: “I think this was Anthony Joshua’s best performance ever because he showed heart, passion, determination. He was simply defeated by the better man.

“Emotion got the better of him. Yeah, he’s going to get kicked, but you know what, the mask was off. AJ was speaking from the heart, saying what he wanted to say, not to be commercially correct.”

But Clark insists Joshua deserves sympathy and understanding after failing in his bid to become a three-time world champion.

“The passions were running high and I saw what he put into it,” Clark said. “I sit here and feel the loss along with all of them, but no one feels it more than Anthony right now. When you put so much into it, your life into it.

“Remember, Anthony Joshua is not a normal boxer. Everything he touches, everything he does is under the cameras and can be boiled down there. A little heated. Let’s not judge him on that. Anthony Joshua, who I know, a nice, respectful human being, does a lot for charity, does a lot for other people. He just boiled over there a little bit.

“I don’t think he’ll regret what he said, probably just the way it happened and the time he said it.

“I know he’s a big boy and nobody’s going to want to fight him for the mic, but if I was there I’d dig in and get that mic from him because I know it would be the right thing for him to do and gave him a minute to compose himself.”

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