Anthony Joshua's trainer Robert Garcia breaks his silence after crushing defeat to Oleksandr Usyk

  • Tom Ward
Anthony Joshua, Robert Garcia, Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua‘s trainer Robert Garcia has broken his silence after another chastening defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.

The British boxing hero lost again to his Ukrainian rival on points after emptying his gas tank in the ninth round.

It came after Usyk rallied late to stop Joshua from taking his belts back at the Jeddah Superdome in Saudi Arabia.

And after the dust has settled, Garcia has had his say on one of the most anticipated rematches in sporting history, period.

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He also spoke about some of Joshua’s tactics in the fight, and how his self-belief completely evaporated.

The 47-year-old former world champion told IZQUIERDAZO: “Joshua was mentally defeated since round 10 or 11.

“Round 10 was a big one for Usyk.

Oleksandr Usyk v Anthony Joshua
Oleksandr Usyk beat Anthony Joshua on points

“That changed the whole fight, and mentally we were defeated.

“At that point, we were relying on a good shot or something like that, because Anthony is a hard puncher, and one shot can change a fight.

“That is what we were hoping for, one shot, because he (Joshua) was dominated at that point of the fight.”

Usyk kept his unbeaten record intact after the win, while Joshua suffered his second straight loss.

Garcia added: “The fight was going well for us, but the tenth round changed everything.

Oleksandr Usyk defeats Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia

“The last three rounds of the fight were the ones that changed the fight. In the ninth round we were close to winning, perhaps even by knockout.

“Through round nine, we were winning the fight on the judges scorecards, but it was decided in the last rounds.

“Usyk is a great fighter, with a tremendous heart, who knows how to finish strong, like champions do.

“During that ninth round, me and the guys in the corner were telling to ourselves that we had the fight.

“But nothing is secured until the final bell. Usyk came back stronger in the tenth round, and that changed the fight.

Anthony Joshua Oleksandr Usyk ring
Anthony Joshua re-enters the ring after losing to Oleksandr Usyk

“I have even thought in these last few days that it was Anthony Joshua who mentally defeated himself.

“In the ninth, Joshua threw a lot of punches, and almost put Usyk out.

“Maybe, he emptied out, but maybe it was just that Usyk came stronger and more motivated to the 10th round, we don’t know.”

And while he kept tight-lipped about his future, Garcia also admitted that Joshua may not have been mentally strong enough to beat Usyk anyway.

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“In this fight, I think that Usyk was mentally stronger,” he added.

“I think he was stronger, to the point that after being close to a knockout, instead of giving up, he came back stronger.

“His will and his desire to demonstrate to his country that he couldn’t let himself lose the fight, made him come back. He wanted to give a message to his country, for everything that is happening there.

“He is a big inspiration for them (Ukrainians). His mind was what made him turn the tide in the fight and get him to victory. And I think that Anthony’s mind is a bit weaker than Usyk’s, because instead of going out stronger, his mind and exhaustion play games with him.”

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