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Anthony Joshua proposes Oleksandr Usyk rematch after defeat

Anthony Joshua says he is “a different animal, not a sulker” and “will bounce back” from losing his world heavyweight titles to Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua said he “couldn’t see in round nine” after an eye injury sustained in Saturday’s 12-round fight with the Ukrainian at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

His promoter Eddie Hearn suggested his fighter may have suffered a broken eye socket.

Joshua, 31, said “I can’t go back and sulk – that’s wasting time,” .

Anthony Joshua 'will bounce back' and take rematch after Oleksandr Usyk  defeat

Asked after the fight about what went wrong, the defeated Briton said: “I couldn’t see in the ninth round, couldn’t see anything really because my eye was shut.

“It was a good experience because in adversity you’ve just got to learn to control yourself, stay on top of things, so when I couldn’t see anything – it’s the first time that it’s happened in a fight.”

Hearn had said Joshua had given Usyk, 34, too much respect and would have to make “fundamental changes” to regain the WBA, WBO and IBF titles he lost in the fight.

The Briton has a rematch clause in his contract with Usyk, and later confirmed he would take it.

Editing By Tola Oguneye