Joshua broke in tears: ‘I’m upset deep down in my heart’

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Anthony Joshua broke down in tears during his post-fight press convention after dropping his rematch with unified world heavyweight champ Oleksandr Usyk.

Having been on the wrong stop of a split choice in Jeddah, a fuming Joshua stormed out of the ring before returning to grab a mic and provide an emotional speech.

His choice to let everyone understand how he was feeling stole the spotlight from Usyk immediately after the victory, which noticed the Ukrainian add the vacant Ring belt to his IBF, WBA Super and WBO titles.

Flanked through promoter Eddie Hearn and manager Freddie Cunningham, AJ tried to explain the outburst as the dirt began to settle.

Choking back tears, the 32-year-old Brit said: “Am I proud of myself? It’s really hard for me to say I’m proud of myself.

“I do not feeling anything. I’m upset deep down in my heart. When you attempt and do things from the heart, now not everyone is going to understand.

“I was mad at myself. Not at anyone, simply at myself.

“So I thought, ‘I’ve got to get out of here because I’m mad’. Like anyone when you are angry, you may do dull things.

“Then I realized this is a sport and I had to do the proper thing. I simply spoke from my heart.

“It’s been so tough. You see AJ conserving it together. I’m a hustler so I attempt and hold things together and I strive and work hard, put matters together, make positive my team’s good.

“But it comes at a cost, a massive cost. It’ll never destroy me, but it takes real energy for it not to.

“There’s a little crack in that armour because I took a loss. I suppose you just noticed me upset. “I’m a fighter. I’m not a normal person, even though I try to hold it together. I was just in struggle mode.”

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