Frank Warren warns Anthony Joshua to rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. to avoid
Frank Warren warns ‘damaged goods’ Anthony Joshua not to come ‘close’ to a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk after crushing defeat… and claims Tyson Fury would have ‘DESTROYED’ him
Frank Warren believes Anthony Joshua was ‘damaged’ after his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, but believes a fight with Tyson Fury is still possible.
While that showdown for the undisputed heavyweight title has been indefinitely postponed, Warren, who promotes WBC champion Fury, says it hasn’t been completely destroyed by Joshua’s loss of points, which cost him his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO world titles.
Joshua has stated that he will activate his contractual right to a rematch with Usyk, most likely in February or March in the UK, but Warren is convinced this would be a huge mistake.
Frank Warren has advised Anthony Joshua not to seek a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk
Warren said that Joshua, who was beaten extensively on points, Usyk . ‘never will beat’
Joshua suffered a humiliating 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 defeat at the hands of the Ukrainian
He told Sports post: ‘He can’t go near Usyk, he will never beat him.
“In terms of fighting Tyson Fury, it can happen. Joshua who loses has taken the belts off and he is now damaged. But people would still buy into that battle. It can happen and it can happen in the UK.
“But he shouldn’t have a rematch with Usyk. I wouldn’t even think about it if I were him.’
Joshua was outclassed by Usyk in his 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He never found a way to deal with the Ukrainian and was criticized in the aftermath for an approach where he forgoes his size and power advantage in favor of attempting to beat one of the smartest movers in the sport.
Warren Said Tyson Fury Would Have ‘Destroyed’ Joshua But A Fight Between Them Could Still Happen
Warren said while Usyk was ‘brilliant’ Joshua was ‘bad’ and ‘didn’t feel like it at all’ at night
Warren believes Fury would have ‘destroyed’ Joshua in the first half of the fight had he been in the opposite corner.
He said, “I thought Joshua was poor. Don’t take anything from Usyk, who was brilliant, but Joshua was poor. He didn’t feel like it at all. What was he actually doing on the ring walk? He shook hands with people in the crowd. You are supposed to be on a mission. When he was in the ring, he looked fire-shy.
Tyson Fury would have destroyed him in three or four laps. Tyson has great footwork, a great chin and his hands are as fast as Usyk’s and he’s bigger – he would have destroyed Joshua.”