Ricky Hatton has weighed in on Anthony Joshua’s post-fight meltdown against Oleksandr Usyk. The British boxing legend believes that his team are accountable and has stated that they should never be in anyone’s corner again.
Following his second loss to Usyk on August 20, a clearly frustrated AJ threw the WBA (super) and Ring Magazine belts out of the ring and made a beeline for the exit before returning to deliver an impassioned speech. Joshua was heavily criticised for ‘stealing Usyk’s moment’ and received a lot of backlash for his antics.
But Hatton doesn’t believe the Watford powerhouse is to blame. Speaking to Seconds Out, he said: “He went up to the opposite corner, giving them the fist a little bit. That was too heavy for my liking. Someone in that corner should have turned around and said, ‘Oh, AJ is losing it.’ Emotions are all over the place in a fight of that magnitude.
“You just got beat, I get it, and it should have been someone putting their arm around him and saying, ‘Hey AJ, come on, mate. Let’s get out of the ring because you’re not too good.’
“They obviously come over from America. I have no idea why they came over. I think they could have done a lot better for AJ in the corner.”
Joshua’s corner was headed up by former assistant coach Angel Fernandez and world-renowned trainer Robert Garcia who was cornering the two-time heavyweight champion for the first time. The new look combination replaced former long-time mentor Rob McCracken who had coached Joshua for his entire professional career previously.