Anthony Joshua “upset” by criticism of Black Lives Matter speech

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Anthony Joshua was shaken by the reaction to his Black Lives Matter speech.The world heavyweight champion read the passionate speech at a demonstration in Watford last weekend.

But he believes his words have been misinterpreted to suggest a boycott of white-run stores.

Joshua faced a brutal reaction on social media with a petition calling for his exclusion from the SPOTY shortlist, reaching 17,000 signatures before his withdrawal.

And his promoter Eddie Hearn admitted that his fighter had been affected by the onslaught of critics.

“I spoke to him for an hour this morning,” Hearn told Sky Sports News. “He is quite upset.



Anthony Joshua read a speech last weekend

“I have known Anthony Joshua for eight years. I know him thoroughly. It hurts when some of the charges stole its way.

“He is a good individual, with good morals, a good person, who wants to change the world for the better.

“I think one of the positive things that came out of his appearance was the conversation, the talking points, the change and it is very important to him and it should be important to all of us. ”

“He read someone’s speech, which he might have formulated differently, if he had read it himself.

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“People want to interpret the words of this in different ways. I saw strange thoughts about what it was meant to mean.

“These are not his words, but he also uttered some of his own words, which were to elevate his community, to invest in his community, which is Watford, and he has a seven-digit investment which he puts in the his. soon to give people more opportunities.

“He said the gang culture is dead, he talked about making sure that all the rallies and demonstrations were peaceful. There were so many positive things that came out of what he said. “



Joshua was seen on crutches at Watford

Joshua went to Twitter in response to the accusations, saying, “If you watch the video in its entirety, the speech was aired so that someone read and I took the lead.

“I have spoken personally about the background of the Watford community, the ideas of personally investing ourselves in seven figures to create unity and opportunity and bring about change in the African / Caribbean community.

“Shops are not the problem here. Before talking [negatively] you better boycott racism.

“I said what I said and I’m going to take action to make a difference. “

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