Robert Garcia is quite happy that his pupil in Anthony Joshua wants a quick turnaround following his decision loss to Oleksandr Usyk in the rematch.
Joshua was looking to reclaim his heavyweight titles but came up short again and many wondered if he lost if he would even fight again. Yet, after the loss, Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn made it clear that the Olympic gold medalist wants a quick turnaround and is hoping to return in December.
“When he was in the dressing room, changing clothes, I could see his frustration”, Garcia said to Izquierdazo about Joshua after the loss. “He couldn’t believe that he lost. He didn’t want to lose, of course, I know him, he didn’t want to lose. He was still upset, but we were able to relax him a little bit. Eddie Hearn entered the room to be with us, and one thing that I liked was that Anthony quickly told him that he wanted to fight again, and do it soon.
“He told Hearn that he wants to fight in November. Hearn replied that he can arrange a fight for December, not November. But Anthony answered that he wants to fight as soon as possible, because he doesn’t want to be seen as a loser. He said that he wants to be back soon and win,” Garcia continued about Joshua. “It was something that I liked in him. Regularly, after a tough fight like this one, a fighter wants to rest four, five, or six months, doing nothing. And then, resume training to fight eight or ten months later. Anthony wants to fight again in November, but Hearn wants December. I think December is better. For me, that is the attitude of a great warrior. I liked that he thinks that way. If the fight is in December, there is not much time left, just four months. He can rest for a couple of weeks, but we will keep training, and be in better form for December.”
Whether or not a fight will be made is uncertain, but the hope for Anthony Joshua and Robert Garcia is they will make the walk to the ring again in December against an opponent TBD.
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