Usyk Responds to Joshua’s Apology

Oleksandr Usyk has revealed he respects Anthony Joshua and didn’t need an apology from the Briton ahead of his fight with Tyson Fury next month.

Back in August 2022, Usyk beat Joshua in Saudi Arabia – having previously got the better of the 34-year-old at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

After the fight, Joshua took some of Usyk’s belts and threw them – sparking controversy in the process.

Speaking in February last year, the Watford-born star apologised for his actions by saying: “Listen, I’m not perfect.

“It’s not the right thing to have done. I didn’t speak to Usyk but I spoke to Wladimir [Klitschko] and said give yourself a pat on the shoulder and tell him ‘well done and I apologise’, that’s man-to-man.

“But it was just raw, it may not make sense to a lot of people but it made a lot of sense to me and it was just how much it means, to a degree.

“I thought I would feel like that at the end of my career and when it’s all said and done I’d just be like ‘wow, what a rollercoaster, I made it through the trenches’.”