Anthony Joshua spotted for first time since shocking Oleksandr Usyk ring rant

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Anthony Joshua has been pictured playing chess with a member of his team in Dubai in what is his first appearance since losing to Oleksandr Usyk.

The classy Ukrainian overcame Joshua via a split decision in another phenomenal display against the Brit. While Joshua’s performance was considerably better than his first fight against the Southpaw at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, he did not quite have enough to overcome the former cruiserweight.

Unfortunately for both Usyk and Joshua, the fight will likely be remembered for the 2012 Olympic gold medalists bizarre rant at the end.. However, the photo of Joshua in Dubai playing Chess suggests the 32-year-old is in the process of moving on.

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"Rest, recover, regroup, we move and go again", was the caption of the Instagram post, released by a trusted member of Joshua’s entourage. Joshua has already said that he intends on winning boxing gold once again.

While many were suggesting a defeat to Usyk could see him retire from boxing as a whole, Joshua very quickly dispelled any possibility of that happening. "I will become a three-time world heavyweight champion,” he proclaimed after the loss.

"About who I fight. Come one and come all I will fight anybody."

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At the end of the contest, Joshua dropped two of Usyk’s belts out of the ring, before stoming out to a chorus of boos in Saudi Arabia. However, he then turned around, stormed back into the squared circle, took the mic and released a passionate rant to his critics.

"I'm not a 12 round fighter,” he beamed while the boxing world looked on in shock. “Look at me, I'm a new breed of heavyweight, all them heavyweights; Mike Tyson, Sonny Liston, Jack Dempsey – they say 'he doesn't throw combinations like Rocky Marciano,' because I'm not f***ing 14-stone, that's why, 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. Well how many belts have you got now bro, five?”

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