Mike Tysons ex-coach slams Anthony Joshua like a guy that made too much money

Anthony Joshua has been told he gives up "too easily" and accused of caring more about money than winning.

AJ has now lost twice in his professional career, first to Andy Ruiz Jr in one of modern boxing's biggest shocks and then to Oleksandr Usyk in September, who now has the titles the Briton once held.

Joshua looked clearly downcast in the aftermath of his defeat to the Ukrainian, and accepted his defeat with grace before activating the rematch clause.

That, according to renowned trainer Teddy Atlas, is the heavyweight's problem – he is too eager to accept defeat.

Atlas helped Cus D'Amato to coach Mike Tyson as a teenager and counts the likes of Barry McGuigan, Alexander Povetkin and Oleksandr Gvozdyk among his own list of trained boxers.

He also runs his own podcast, named The Fight with Teddy Atlas, on which he said Joshua needs to drop the Mr Nice Guy act and be more aggressive if he wants to be remembered as a top champion.

"He accepts defeat too easily, too graciously," Atlas said.

"I want a good winner and a good loser, don't get me wrong. I believe as much as anybody, if not more than most people, about that.

"About showing that kind of graciousness whether you win or lose, but he's too gracious when it comes to it.

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"Like a guy that made too much money."

Perhaps in a bid to be more ruthless, Joshua has effectively benched his long-time coach Rob McCracken ahead of his preparations to face Usyk for the second time.

The date of the rematch has not yet been confirmed, but whenever it is he will be hoping to do what he did against Ruiz and win his belts back at the first time of asking.


Joshua has also upped the ante in terms of his public statements, after declaring "war" on Usyk and promising to get revenge when they next share a ring.

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"For me, I have one thing in my mind – that's war, that's murder, that's to go out there and hurt the guy and take his soul to the point where he wants to give up," he said.

"I'm done with f***ing losing. I'm done with trying to learn the sweet science. He might get thrown on the floor in the next fight because this is war.

"It's just straight war, I'm annoyed. I'm boiling up even speaking about it – it's that passion to win."

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