Anthony Joshua told to stop being ‘good loser’ after Oleksandr Usyk defeat
Usyk beat Joshua by unanimous decision in their heavyweight title bout in September and the British star was seen joking with Usyk afterwards.
This was a direct contrast to how Deontay Wilder reacted to being knocked out by Tyson Fury in their fight on Saturday night.
The Bronze Bomber refused to shake Fury’s hand and Atlas compared the reactions to the losses.
“I’m not here to make excuses, but I will say that there’s something to be said about being a sore loser,” Atlas told Submission Radio . “And I’m walking a fine line here, but I know what I’m walking. How many of you – I know if you were involved with him – would you rather see Joshua just a little less of a good loser?
“Just a little less of a good loser when he lost to Ruiz and then when he recently lost to Usyk? A little less accepting. So graciously of losing.
“I’m not saying don’t be a gentleman. I’m not saying that. But there is something to be said about being too gracious, giving it up too easily, too casually, as though it’s not that important. And there’s something to be said about that.”
Joshua has triggered the rematch clause in their contract with the fight thought to be going ahead in spring. The Brit refrained from criticism of Usyk or trash talk when speaking about the the second loss of his professional career.
“I’ve watched the fight, analysed my preparations and identified my mistakes. I’ve learnt my lesson. Don’t worry about me. My spirit is strong!”