Anthony Joshua won’t fight again this year so that he can ‘rest mentally’ after his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in August, reports Megasportsarena.com.
AJ was looking to win back his world titles from Usyk when he faced the Ukrainian in a rematch in Saudi Arabia in August, but he suffered a split-decision loss.
‘You saw after my last fight, it tore me apart,’ Joshua said in an interview with DAZN.
‘I had so much riding on it, for me, the British fans, the undisputed fight, it just really tore me apart. So from a mental capacity, my close ones are telling me: “you should rest mentally”.
‘Physically, I’m down to fight. I’m a warrior, I like this game, I like competing. But on a mental aspect, I think people have really seen it means a lot.’
Just weeks after his loss to Usyk, Joshua was called out by Tyson Fury for a potentially huge domestic heavyweight clash.
Negotiations between the two teams appeared to start well for a December 3 bout, with Joshua initially accepting Fury’s terms.
Joshua is not interested in taking an easy fight next and is open to fighting Dillian Whyte.