Anthony Joshua admitted that he had visual problems beginning in the ninth round of his bout with Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night, when the two-time world heavyweight champion was defeated by the Ukrainer.
Joahua failed to capitalize on his 18-pound weight advantage over Usyk, who landed a flurry of big southpaw blows throughout the fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
As Usyk gained control of the action in the tenth round of a great fight, AJ had a visibly black and swollen eye.
At White Hart Lane, the Ukrainian ended with a flourish in the last rounds to put the victory beyond doubt and seal a unanimous 117-112, 116-112, and 115-113 verdict.
Joshua was removed out of the ring and sent to the hospital for tests right away.
After multiple punches to the face from his mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Joshua began to develop eyesight problems late in the bout.
After the bout, Joshua, who is now eager to exercise his rematch clause,
“I can’t go back and sulk – that’s wasting time.
“I couldn’t see in the ninth round, couldn’t see anything really because my eye was shut.
“It was a good experience because in adversity you’ve just got to learn to control yourself, stay on top of things, so when I couldn’t see anything – it’s the first time that it’s happened in a fight.”
“I’m ready to get back to training. It was a good twelve rounder, so I’ll be in a good place when I get back into training to pick up where we left off,”