LENNOX LEWIS criticized Anthony Joshua for being “so timid” in his loss to Oleksandr Usyk, but said: “Learn from this and get better.”
AJ decided not to use his brute strength and imposing frame and opted to try sending southpaw Usyk.
But that turned out to be the wrong tactic as Joshua was comfortably improved over the 12-lap distance, relinquishing his heavyweight titles.
British legend Lewis – who has been embroiled in a feud with AJ in the past – has expressed frustration with his fellow Olympic gold medalist.
He tweeted: “I have to give up at @usykaa for a great tactical performance tonight.
“For @anthonyjoshua, it’s not the end of the road, but you (sic) can’t be so hesitant or wait until the 8th turn to activate it.
“Learn from it and improve yourself.”
Lewis’s words may resonate for AJ on the former champion’s path to redemption.
Joshua, 31, will look to exercise his right to an immediate rematch, much like he did in the loss to Andy Ruiz Jr, 32, in June 2019.
He took revenge for the loss six months later and has already confirmed that he will try to repeat history by playing his redemption shot against Usyk, 34.
When asked if he would exercise the rematch, Joshua replied: “One hundred percent. I’m ready to resume training.
“Because of the 12 rounds, my lungs and everything, it was a good 12 rounds, so I’ll be in a good position when I resume training to pick up where we left off.”
the-sun : Anthony Joshua criticized by Lennox Lewis for being “so hesitant” in losing Oleksandr Usyk, but told “to learn and improve”