KEY POINTS

  • Lennox Lewis raves about Oleksandr Usyk’s win over Anthony Joshua
  • Lewis tells Joshua how he could’ve possibly performed better
  • Joshua's promoter is eyeing a quick rematch with Usyk

Lennox Lewis identified one thing Anthony Joshua should have done to possibly beat Oleksandr Usyk.

More than 60,000 live fans in Tottenham witnessed how Usyk gradually dismantled their hometown hero Joshua on Saturday.

After 12 rounds of dominant boxing, Usyk outpointed Joshua and was declared the winner via unanimous decision to become the new WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion.

Among the boxing greats who shared his thoughts on Joshua’s underwhelming performance was his compatriot and three-time world heavyweight champion Lewis.

According to Lewis, Joshua shouldn’t have let the fight reach “the 8th round” without being aggressive.

“Gotta give it up to [Usyk] on a great tactical performance tonight,” Lewis tweeted. “For [Joshua] it’s not the end of the road, but u can’t be so tentative or wait till the 8th round to turn it on. Learn from this and improve.”

“[Usyk] showed his pedigree in the ring tonight,” he added. “Amateur Champion. Olympic Gold medalist. Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion and now World Heavyweight champion. It pays to take the long road, put in the hard work and aggressively go after your goals.”

The upset loss did not only cost Joshua all his belts but also certainly ended his hopes for an all-British war against Tyson Fury.

Despite the situation, Matchroom boss and Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn remains optimistic that his client will redeem himself and will begin with a “rematch” with Usyk.

Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn can expect the contract back from Shelly Finkel on Friday. In this picture, Hearn (R) and Joshua attend a press conference at SKY Studios in London, England, March 27, 2018. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

As per Hearn, it was a “tough” and “grueling” fight and Joshua might not talk about it at the moment.

However, there’s no doubt the Brit will try to make a statement comeback.

"It's straight back into the fire and he (Joshua) will want to go straight back into that rematch,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “He will be an underdog in the rematch this time after that tonight, but that's what he does."

"It was a tough fight, a grueling fight. He's not quite talking the way you would expect him to talk at the moment. [He’s] devastated. He's already talking about training again. They want to look at the eye socket. But he says it's fine, but [it’s] a devastating defeat.”

Amid all the negativity, Joshua took to social media his message to the world and to his London fans who supported him.

“Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you,” Joshua wrote on Twitter. “London I love you and thank you each and every time!”