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emotional Anthony Joshua throw belts out of ring after losing to Oleksandr

Anthony Joshua threw Oleksandr Usyk's heavyweight belts out of the ring before hijacking the microphone to deliver a bizarre speech after his loss to the Ukrainian.

The British boxing icon was defeated a second time by Usyk, this time via split decision.

AJ threw Usyk's belts out of the ring

After the result was announced, Joshua threw Usyk's belts out of the ring before appearing to storm off.

He then decided to return to the squared circle to shake hands with his opponent.

But as they talked in the ring, AJ said: "I don't care about strong, I have to have skill.

"Being strong doesn't win boxing. Skills win boxing.

"You're not strong. How did you beat me? How? Because of skill.

"I had character and determination. Where's the mic?"

Then the Brit grabbed hold of it to deliver an impassioned speech to the crowd.

Joshua, 32, said: "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.

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

"I'm stealing this Usyk I'm sorry, but it's because of the passion we put into this.

"This guy to beat me tonight, maybe I could have done better, but it shows the level of hard work I put in so please give him a round of applause as our heavyweight champion of the world."

He then added: "I'm not a 12-round fighter, look at me, I'm a new breed of heavyweights, Mike Tyson, Sonny Liston, Jack Dempsey, 'you don't throw combinations like Rocky Marciano', I'm 18 stone, I'm heavy, it's hard work.

"This guy here is a phenomenal talent, we're going to cheer for him three times."

He then got the crowd to awkwardly cheer Usyk, who watched on baffled.

British boxer Frazer Clarke feels that Joshua's team should have prevented him from taking the mic.

Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: "As a gym friend and a friend in general, for anyone offended in general by what happened, I think I can apologise on his behalf for the outburst.

Video credit: Sky Sports

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