The Rise And Fall Of Anthony Joshua?
"You are not strong, how did you beat me" ?
That was the question a crestfallen, emotional, angry and comprehensively beaten former World Heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, was asking his victor, Ukrainian, Usky.
Anthony, recently, suffered an unprecedented emotional breakdown after only his third defeat of an otherwise exciting professional boxing career.
He lost in a split decision: 115 --- 113, 116 --- 112 to Oleksandr Usyk and 115 ---113 to Anthony Joshua, in a contest dubbed "Rag on the Red Sea", in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
On Saturday, January 18, 2020, in the UK, Joshua, fresh from recapturing four belts: WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO in December 7, 2019 from Andy Ruiz the Mexican, presented the belts to and prostrated before Nigeria's President, Mohammadu Buhari, a gesture that buzzed the internet world.
Nigerians reacted sharply to that show of love and affection to a President who many believe is leading Nigeria to nowhere. Many warned that the association could spell doom for Anthony Joshua's flourishing boxing career.
Andy had earlier defeated Joshua in what became his first career defeat in Madison Square Garden, New York City, on June 1, 2019.
Since the Joshua/Buhari shocking but game changing encounter, it has been a tale of woes for the stylish and confident Nigerian -- British boxing sensation. But it could all be a mere coincidence of negative events for the embattled former heavyweight boxing champion.
Two defeats from the same opponent at the zenith of world boxing has set tongues wagging and seeking what exactly has gone wrong.
Before the recent devastating, crushing loss, Joshua was favorite to clinch a win. Many people predicted a win for him. The media loves Joshua. Who the hell is Usky anyway....
But yet again, Joshua has suffered a bloodied nose courtesy of the brave and skillful Ukrainian Usky who just months ago was at the war front defending his country against Russian invasion.
Many analysts talked about motivation. Who was more motivated between the two?
Usky has to prove that he is not a fluke. There is a massive war in Ukraine. His people are devastated and fighting for their lives and future. A win for his country could motivate fellow country men and women massively.
On the flip side, Anthony Joshua needed a lifeline. A win to remain the talking point with bragging rights. That was his motivation. His motivation was a chance to remain at the top and fight Tyson Fury. But that dreams all gone for now.... well not exactly.
Question on every lip right now is, what's with Joshua. End of a career? The rise and fall Anthony Joshua, maybe... Anyway it looks like something is in the cards. I hope it comes soon.