Joshua’s WBA, IBF and WBO belts were ripped off by Usyk, who claimed a masterful unanimous decision victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night.
A rematch with Usyk is now top priority for Joshua, rather than an undisputed world title clash against Tyson Fury, but he still believes he can fight his British rival, with or without his world titles.
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“The road to the undisputed and all that is good,” Joshua said at the post-fight press conference.
“Like I said, I will fight Tyson Fury, Wilder, without the belts.
“Belts are fun. It’s great, it’s a legacy. But with or without the belts, I will fight anyone. The road to contestation is a great title to have and a great title to pursue.
“But would you still look at him, without the belts?”
“That’s the main thing – is that you have two competitive fighters in the ring on British soil, who just want to face each other. “
But Joshua initially intends to activate a rematch clause for an immediate second fight against Usyk.
When asked if he wanted a rematch, Joshua replied, “100 percent. 110 percent.
“I am ready to resume training. Because of the 12 rounds, my lungs and everything, it was a good 12 rounds, so I’ll be in a good position when I resume training to pick up where we left off. “
Joshua needed medical attention after suffering from a badly swollen right eye, which he admits severely restricted his vision.
“What went wrong? Just take a loss, but we’re going to get it right, ”Joshua said.
“From the ninth, I couldn’t see on the ninth lap. I couldn’t really see anything.
“I had my eyes closed, but it was a good experience, because in adversity, you just have to learn to control yourself, stay on top, so when I couldn’t see anything, it’s the first time let it happen to me in a fight.
“I was like, ‘Alright, cool, this is the first time my eye has closed in a fight. I see nothing.’
“I watch with one eye, but it got better with the rounds. “
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