Anthony Joshua has been slammed for his comments on the war in Ukraine after he labelled it "not nice" in a bizarre rant.
The Brit suffered his third career loss, and his second to Ukrainian heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk, with it taking a split decision to decide the outcome of the fight before Joshua went on to cause a scene when he threw two of Usyk's belts to the ground and stormed off. When the fighter returned to the ring, he took hold of the microphone and went on a rambling speech that left viewers baffled.
He said: "I was studying Ukraine and all the amazing champions who have come from you're amazing country bro.
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"I've never been there – but at the same time what's happening there is – I don't know what's happening there – but it's not nice at the end of the day.
"I've seen it with Lomachenko in his second fight with Orlando, there was unrest in Ukraine – right or wrong? There was issues, there was civil war.
"Vitali Klitschko when he faced Danny Williams – civil unrest. Usyk, as a champion, please raise your hands [because] under those circumstances he managed to become champion.
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"Champ champ! Champ champ! Champ champ!
"Bismillah [in the name of God]."
Boxing fans couldn't stop themselves from taking to social media to slate the boxer for his poorly worded rant. @charliereachplc tweeted: "That Anthony Joshua speech was unbelievably tone death and he really should apologise. He fought a good fight, but he acted like a bit of a child after that. Let Usyk have his moment, man. You lost.
@CHR1S_SM1TH said: "'I don’t know what’s happening in Ukraine but it’s not nice' (Anthony Joshua, 2022) What an absolute cretin!"
@thomasgodfeyuk wrote: "Anthony Joshua on Ukraine: “I don’t know what’s happening there”. Why does he have a microphone?"
@modmuffin said: "'I don't know what's happening in Ukraine but it's not nice' We'll have more from our war correspondent Anthony Joshua later…"
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