He will never beat me - Anthony Joshua warned by Frank Warren not to go 'anywhere near' a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk
Frank Warren has warned Anthony Joshua not to seek a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk because he will never beat him.
Warren, who promotes WBC champion Tyson Fury, made the warning while commenting the proposed showdown for the undisputed heavyweight title between Joshua and Fury.
He said there's still hope for the two british boxer to fight despite Joshua losing his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO world titles to Usyk.
As for Joshua's impending move to trigger his contractual right to a rematch with Usyk, most likely in February or March in the UK, Warren believe it would be an enormous mistake.
He told Sportsmail: ‘He shouldn’t go anywhere near Usyk – he will never beat him.
‘In terms of fighting Tyson Fury, it can happen. Joshua losing has taken away the belts and he is damaged goods now. But people would still buy into that fight. It can happen and it can happen in the UK.
‘But he shouldn’t have a rematch with Usyk. I wouldn’t even think about it if I was him.’
Joshua was outclassed by Usyk in his 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.
Warren believes Fury would have ‘destroyed’ Joshua in the first half of the fight had he been in the opposing corner.
He said: ‘I thought Joshua was poor. Take nothing away from Usyk, who was brilliant, but Joshua was poor. He didn’t fancy it at all. What was he even doing on the ring walk? He was shaking hands with people in the crowd. You’re meant to be on a mission. When he was in the ring he looked gun shy.
‘Tyson Fury would have destroyed him inside three or four rounds. Tyson has great footwork, a great chin and his hands are as fast as Usyk’s and he is bigger – he would have destroyed Joshua.’