Anthony Joshua on Bivol’s victory, Usyk’s defeat, boxing politics


After the victory of the WBA world super champion in light heavyweight (up to 79.4 kg) Russian Dmitry Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) over Mexican Gilberto Ramirez (44-1, 30 KOs), an opinion about Dmitry’s performance
shared former heavyweight champion (over 90.7 kg) from Britain Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs).

Report from vRINGe: Boxer of the year. Bivol defeated Ramirez

Anthony also commented on the failure of the fight against WBC champion Briton Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs), spoke about the victory of former US champion Deontay Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) over Swede Robert Helenius (31-4 , 19 KOs) and answered other questions.

You had the opportunity to fight Fury at the end of the year. Did not work out. Is it for psychological reasons?

Was there a reason why I focused my attention on the Fury fight? Championship fight, championship opportunity. You have to take it seriously.

– Because of this, you postponed the fight to next year?

– Perestroika. Yes, I use this time to improve.

– You participated in many fights for the title of world champion. How difficult is it mentally to concentrate on a non-championship fight?

You know, I’m still a competitor, still someone who likes competition. So I returned to a warm place again.

— How impressed were you with Dmitry Bivol’s performance?

– You should ask a person from this division [указывает на Джошуа Буатси]. He did what he did from the first to the twelfth rounds.

– Do you think you can take something from observing such a fighter as Dmitry Bivol?

Yes, it’s good to sit and watch it. Every time I go to boxing shows, I can take a lot of stuff from them. Sitting in a chair, you can shout: “Throw the jab” [смеётся]. Watching from the outside always seems that more can be done.

– When you reviewed your rematch with Usyk, did you have a feeling that you should not have done this or that?

– Yes Yes. But it’s done. It’s in the past.

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How important is it not to beat yourself up?

– You have to beat yourself up. It makes you stronger.

“But you have to go through it, you have to come back, almost be reborn as a fighter.

– I confirm.

Eddie Hearn said he contacted Deontay Wilder about a potential fight. Where is Wilder on your list?

– He is there.

– Number one?

– He is there.

Could Wilder be the next opponent in the first fight of next year? Accept it?

– Yes. Anyone. I can easily agree with anyone.

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How do you think he looked against Helenius?

– Good. He knocked him out. He is good. Had a good fight. Did what he had to.

How sick are you of boxing politics? We see big fights break down. We have always talked about your fight against Tyson Fury. The fight was planned, but never took place. It upsets you, because you wanted it to take place?

– Not. It is what it is. This is my view of life – what is today will not be tomorrow. So all these things that happen in boxing are all a blessing. What do they call it? The first problems of the world. It’s just part of the game. This is something that people have been dealing with for years – problems with TV networks. In the era of Tyson, Roy Jones, Floyd Mayweather, the current era. This will continue to happen in the future.