Boxing legend Mike Tyson claims Anthony Joshua’s lack of urgency was his undoing against Alexander Usik.
Former undisputed cruiserweight King Usik ended Joshua’s second reign as unified heavyweight champion last weekend with a scintillating performance at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Usyk’s footwork and feint guided him to heavyweight glory, though Tyson believes Joshua’s hesitation played a big part as well.
They told ES News: “It was speed more than anything that f***ed up Joshua.
“He started late, he’s still learning. He can still learn, he’s a kid.”
Iron Mike was not impressed by what he saw of the pair, so much so that he thought he might have battered them in their heyday.
Asked if he would beat him in his prime, he said: “I’m not talking about any of his fights before this fight.
“But that night I would have defeated them.”
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The Baddest Man on the Planet had a fictional fight a few days after the pair clashed with a group of their followers.
He tweeted, “After watching the Joshua vs Usyk fight, maybe he had a bad day that night.
“From that performance, do you really think they could have beat me to my prime?”
Joshua and Usik, 31 and 34 respectively, are set to renew their rivalry early next year when AJ exercises his rematch clause.
The Watford warrior was taught boxing lessons and admitted that it was wrong to try to box the fleet-footed Ukrainian.
He started late, he is still learning. he can still learn, he’s a kid
Mike Tyson on Anthony Joshua’s loss to Alexander Usyaki
He said: “I have watched the fight, analyzed my preparations and identified my mistakes.
“I’ve learned my lesson. Don’t worry about me. My spirit is strong!”
Joshua is confident about being better than Usyk a second time, saying: “If you look at it from a negative perspective, you’ll never have the mindset that you can make a difference because you’re down anyway.
“But if you look at it from a positive perspective, and realize, ‘Yeah, I’m at a loss.
“‘But it’s a lesson, it’s a blessing. I can use it as fuel to get better.
“‘And use it as fuel to correct my mistakes. You can only get better out there.
“So I’m not going to stop myself from making the mistake I made, I’m just gonna lift myself up and say, ‘Really, you know what? That was an uphill battle.
“But from that fight, I’m going to walk away, get out your notepad and find ways to improve.”
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