September 30, 2022

Boxing is a bodily fight sport, fought with the arms, however the mind will be simply as potent a weapon in a struggle.

Former two-weight world, Andre Ward, believes it was Anthony Joshua’s psychological schools that permit him down greater than any sport plan or bodily attributes, as he fell to a cut up choice defeat in opposition to Oleksandr Usyk of their rematch on Saturday evening.

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Usyk dispatched of Joshua over the weekend to say his second win over the Brit

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Andre Ward believes Joshua struggles with ‘psychological fatigue’ the longer fights go on

“[Usyk] had an excessive amount of IQ for Joshua…” Ward instructed Battle Hub TV. “It’s simply the details.

“You struggle a sure form of model for a very long time and construct up all of the muscle and you may appear to be an all-time nice in opposition to sure guys, however you don’t work in your sport or evolve.

“So, he’s acquired an superior proper hand, it comes off like a rocket, however you are taking him out of that component and into deep waters and make him suppose.

“Then you definitely see the psychological fatigue that comes over and he doesn’t know what to do typically.

“Then the physique begins to fatigue and it simply goes from there.

“Usyk simply had an excessive amount of flavour.”


Joshua was struggling mentally after the fight as he broke down in tears

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Joshua was struggling mentally after the struggle as he broke down in tears

After the struggle ended and it was introduced that Usyk had defended his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight world titles, it grew to become clear that the struggle had taken a psychological toll on Joshua.

He was visibly distressed and at one level he even threw two of Usyk’s belts out of the the ring earlier than storming off after which doing a U-turn and returning.

He then went on a weird rant about his background, being too heavy to struggle for twelve rounds and Ukraine, earlier than confronting a bystander backstage after which breaking down in tears on the post-fight press convention.

Since then, nonetheless, Joshua has put out a press release on Twitter taking accountability for his erratic behaviour and he admitted that emotion acquired the higher of him.

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