Olympian Frazer Clarke, who is good friends with Anthony Joshua, felt his one-time Team GB stablemate should have been saved from Saturday’s post-fight drama.
In a highly anticipated rematch, Oleksandr Usyk once again outboxed Joshua over twelve rounds to retain the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles.
Joshua has now suffered back-to-back defeats, after suffering a twelve round decision loss to Usyk back in September of last year.
In the aftermath of the rematch, which took place in Jeddah, Joshua initially protested the outcome by throwing down two of the titles and trading words with Usyk – but later he grabbed the mic and went on a four minute in-ring rant that was laced with profanity. He would also discuss the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia and labeled it a “civil war.”
Clarke believes someone from Joshua’s team should have saved him from the controversial incident. He felt Joshua’s team members simply stood around and allowed the drama to unfold.
“He might be mad at me for saying this and the whole team might be mad at me for saying this, but I feel like he was left out to dry by the team,” Clarke told Sky Sports.
“I feel like someone should have saved him. It’s words but in the true reflection of boxing, that was Oleksandr Usyk’s time to celebrate that victory and he didn’t get to do it straight away.
“I just don’t think that was right but once again, Anthony is a great person, he does a lot for a lot of people, he’s done a lot for me, but I feel like he had a bit of a bad one there and it was out of character. There were no excuses, that was Oleksandr Usyk’s time.
“To the people around him, where were you? Someone should have jumped in there. Someone should have stopped him and saved him from himself. It was only words, but it was the wrong time.”