Anthony Joshua’s emotional outburst following his rematch loss to Oleksandr Usyk should have been stopped by his team, according to Sky Sports experts.
Joshua threw Usyk’s world title belt out of the ring after his defeat and then launched into a remarkable speech following his split decision loss to Usyk in Jeddah.
But Joshua’s close friend Fraser Clarke felt the British heavyweight star should have been given time to maintain his composure.
“As a friend of Jim’s and a friend in general, to anyone who was hurt by the incident, I think I can apologize for the outburst on his behalf,” Clark said. Sky Sports.
“He may be mad at me for saying this and the whole team may be mad at me for saying that, but I feel like the team left him out to dry. I think somebody has to save him.
“It’s words but in true reflection of boxing, it was Oleksandr Usyk’s time to celebrate that victory and he didn’t get to do it right away. I don’t think that was right but again, Anthony is a great person. He does a lot for a lot of people, he does a lot for me. Has done a lot, but I think he was a little rough there and it was out of character. There was no excuse, that was Oleksandr Usyk’s time.
“To the people around him, where were you? Someone should have jumped in. Someone should have stopped him and saved him from himself. It was just words, but it was the wrong time.”
Froch: ‘He stole Usyk’s moment’
Carl Froch Joshua felt he deserved the praise after a hard-fought 12 rounds, but then took the spotlight from Usyk.
“He got the mic, he stole Usyk’s moment but let’s not get too mad. He didn’t say anything that hurt anybody too much,” Froch said.
“He was trying to speak off the cuff. He wore his heart on his sleeve but he stole Usyk’s moment and it was a little weird.
“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 shows his passion – how much it meant to him and how much he wanted it.”
McLean: ‘Emotions are high’
Matthew McLeanHe was ringside in Jeddah, he said Sky Sports: “It was strange, but emotions are high.
“We don’t know what he’s had to go through mentally, emotionally — all the doubters, all the haters, everyone knocking him down. We’re not dealing with that, he is.
“He’s upset about losing, he pushed himself to the limit physically. The timing wasn’t great, but it didn’t pan out.”
Johnny Nelson Joshua felt himself struggle to contain his bitter disappointment Sky Sports: “I think that was Anthony Joshua’s best performance so far because he showed heart, passion, determination. He was just beaten by a good guy.
“His emotions got better. Yeah, he’s going to kick himself, but what do you know, the mask was off. AJ was speaking from the heart, what he meant, not business-correct.”
But Clarke insists Joshua deserves sympathy and understanding after failing in his bid to become a three-time world champion.
“The passions were high and I saw what he put into it,” Clarke said. “I’m sitting here and I feel the loss 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 no ordinary boxer. Everything he touches, everything he does is under the camera, and it can boil over there. A little hot. Let’s not judge him on that. Anthony Joshua I know, a good, honorable man, of charity Does a lot for, does a lot for other people.” He boiled it down there a little.
“I don’t think he’ll regret what he said, maybe the way it happened and the time he said it.
“I know he’s a big guy and nobody wants to wrestle him for the microphone, but if I was there, I’d take a dig and take that microphone away from him because, I know it would have been the right thing to do and give him Given a minute to compose myself.”