Piers Morgan slates Anthony Joshua after Oleksandr Usyk fight as celebs react

Piers Morgan, Mo Gilligan, and Nicola Adams are among those who have reacted to the Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk fight – and many viewers have been left divided.

After a tense bout, Ukrainian fighter Usyk triumphed over AJ. While many commended the British fighter’s performance despite his defeat, others were left puzzled at AJ’s post-match speech, which saw him throw two of his opponent’s belts out of the ring.

Broadcaster Piers branded AJ’s behaviour ’embarrassing.’

‘Embarrassing antics at the end by Joshua,’ he tweeted.

‘He was beaten by a superior fighter who put on a magnificent performance of highly-skilled, supremely resilient boxing. Congrats @usykaa – a great champion & the pride of his nation. Moral of tonight: Ukrainians are hard as nails.’

He added: ‘Absurd to hear people citing ‘pressure’ as an excuse for AJ’s behaviour at the end. His opponent’s country is literally at war. THAT’S pressure.’

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Joshua suffered a split decision defeat in Jeddah on Saturday night as Usyk defended his IBF, WBO and WBA titles with another sublime boxing display.

While the two warmly embraced underneath the Ukrainian flag following the engrossing bout, Joshua’s mood appeared to turn shortly after, lifting up two of Usyk’s belts before throwing them to the floor.

A furious Joshua then left the ring, walking up towards the entry ramp before coming back to address the crowd.

‘If you knew my story you would understand the passion. I ain’t no amateur boxer from five-years-old that was an elite prospect from youth,’ Joshua said.

‘I was going to jail, I got bail and I started training my a**e off, I wanted to be able to fight.

‘I ain’t no amateur boxer from five years old that was an elite prospect from my youth [like Usyk]. I was going to jail, I got bail, and I started training my arse off – because if I got sentenced, I wanted to be able to fight.

‘I’m stealing this Usyk, sorry, but it’s because the f*****g passion we put into this s**t ‘ Joshua added.

‘This guy [Usyk], to beat me tonight – maybe I could have done better – but it shows the levels of hard work he must have put in so please give him a round of applause for our heavyweight champion of the world.

‘I’m not a 12-round fighter. Look at me, I’m the new breed of heavyweights. All those heavyweights, Mike Tyson, Sonny Liston, Jack Dempsey… ‘Oh you don’t throw combinations like Rocky Marciano’ – because I ain’t f*g 14 stone! I’m 18 stone, I’m heavy. It’s hard work.

‘This guy here’s a phenomenal talent.’

After his win, Usyk said: ‘I want to thank everyone who prayed for me.

‘I want to thank God for the help he gave me today because he did give me a lot today. My lord is Jesus Christ. I can thank you Saudi. Thank you so much.

‘I devote this victory to my family, my country, my team, to all the military defending this country. Thank you so much.

‘This is already history. Many generations are going to watch this fight especially the round when someone tried to beat me hard but I stood it and came back.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Anthony Joshua for comment.

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