Conor McGregor defends Anthony Joshua for rant after Usyk loss

‘That is a great speech right there’: Conor McGregor DEFENDS Anthony Joshua after his bizarre rant following his loss to Oleksandr Usyk, insisting if anyone else ‘wanted the mic they could’ve tried get it back’

  • Conor McGregor has defender Anthony Joshua’s post-fight rant on Saturday
  • Joshua delivered a bizarre speech after his match against Oleksandr Usyk
  • Usyk defeated Joshua by split decision in a highly anticipated rematch
  • McGregor said it was a ‘great speech’ from 32-year-old Joshua in Jeddah 

Conor McGregor has defended Anthony Joshua’s post-fight speech after the Brit went on a bizarre ramble after his loss to Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua stormed out of the ring after his split decision defeat against Usyk in a match he was determined to win, after throwing two belts out the ring and confronting his opponent.

The 32-year-old then grabbed the microphone before delivering a speech that has been poorly received by many, speaking about his journey and the ongoing war on Ukraine after telling Usyk “I’m talking” when the champion tried to take his Ukrainian flag back from Joshua.

McGregor, though, has defended Joshua, claiming it was ‘a great speech’ and ‘if they [Usyk’s team] wanted the mic they could’ve tried get it back.’

Anthony Joshua produced an expletive-filled rant following his loss to Oleksandr Usyk

Conor McGregor (left) has defended Joshua, claiming he gave a ‘great speech’ after the fight

*Warning: strong language 

‘You are all going on ridiculous over this,’ McGregor posted on his Twitter account.

‘That is a great speech right there. Fair play to him he made it yet he is still in there keeping that cog going.

‘If they wanted the mic they could’ve tried get it back. Then he gives me a shout out. Great fight, thank you! #champchamp’.

Joshua held up the Ukrainian flag and referenced the ongoing war in the country afterwards

Joshua labelled himself as a ‘new breed of heavyweight’ in his bizarre post-fight speech

Usyk seemed visibly puzzled by Joshua’s actions, and was eventually allowed his moment on the mic after Joshua left the ring for a second time.

The two had first embraced after the final bell, sharing a moment in the middle of the ring draped in a Ukrainian flag.

But after the result was announced, Joshua grew angry and seemed to clash with a member of Usyk’s team, before storming out the ring.

Joshua cried during his post-fight press conference as the Brit was overcome by emotion

McGregor is nearing a return to the UFC after over a year out after breaking his leg

He eventually returned before delivering a monologue that has shocked the boxing world. 

The Londoner later broke down in his post-fight press conference. He is now expected to take a hiatus from boxing.

McGregor, meanwhile, is preparing for a UFC return after suffering a double leg break against Dustin Poirier over a year ago. 

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