Uysk v Joshua 2 Reaction - Dimitry Salita

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It was another masterclass from Oleksandr Uysk as he defended his belts against Anthony Joshua in their highly anticipated rematch in Jeddah on Saturday night.

Despite a much improved performance by the former champion, Uysk showcased his boxing IQ yet again, setting up a potential blockbuster unification bout with Tyson Fury. Ukrainian boxing promoter Dimitry Salita gives his exclusive reaction to the fight and his thoughts on what could be next for Joshua.



Anthony Joshua is still improving and Otto Wallin is his obvious fight next

"Based on this performance it looks like Anthony Joshua has got a lot of big fights left. The one that makes the most sense as the next one is Otto Wallin.  Especially if Tyson fights Usyk in December. Joshua did a great job, he is still improving as a fighter. Looks like Robert Garcia and the rest of the team helped breathe new life into him."

 

Anthony Joshua needs to prove he’s actually elite by beating Wallin 

"Otto gave Tyson Fury the hardest fight of his career. Landed more punches than Wladimir Klitschko and the first Wilder fight put together. Otto has gotten better and has had four wins since that match. If Tyson is fighting Usyk in December and Joshua wants to show that he belongs in that elite conversation, there is no better measuring stick for both objectively than Otto Wallin. Otto wants another shot at Tyson and to get to Tyson seems to be that both need each other."

 

Mental pressure clearly got to AJ after fight - but he deserves so much respect for reinventing himself in recent months

"I was ok with Joshua's post fight speech, obviously you can see the kind of mental pressure a high level fighter has to go through to compete in front of tens of millions of fans. Sometimes looking at TV we may not realise that he is a real person with feelings, emotions and ups and downs like everyone else.  With all of that and the weight of the loss less than a year ago he did a fantastic job. As a boxing fan I have no problem with Joshua saying what he said.  I actually think he is a classy guy. It’s very, very difficult. So much respect to Joshua for coming off a loss and reinventing himself in a relatively short period of time. "

 

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