Coach Teddy Atlas says Anthony Joshua must be less graceful in defeat after losing to Oleksandr Usyk.
Usyk defeated Joshua by unanimous decision in their heavyweight title fight in September and the British star was seen joking with Usyk afterwards.
It was in direct contrast to Deontay Wilder’s reaction to being knocked out by Tyson Fury in their fight on Saturday night.
The “Bronze Bomber” refused to shake hands with Fury and Atlas compared the reactions to the losses.
“I’m not here to apologize, but I will say there is something to be said about being a sore loser,” Atlas said. 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 a little less like a good loser?
“Just a little less a good loser when he lost against [Andy] Ruiz and then when he recently lost to Usyk? A little less acceptance. So graciously to lose.
“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 carelessly, as if it wasn’t so important. And there is something to say about it. “
Joshua triggered the rematch clause to face Usyk again, likely in the spring of 2022. The Briton refrained from criticizing Usyk or gossiping about the second loss of his professional career.
“I watched the fight, analyzed my preparations and identified my mistakes. I learned my lesson. Do not worry about me. My mind is strong! “