Anthony Joshua claims only his team know what went wrong during his defeat by Oleksandr Usyk.

The two-time world heavyweight champion lost his belts to former undisputed cruiserweight king and Olympic gold medalist Usyk in London last month, and has immediately exercised his rematch clause.

Joshua has insisted there has been no rift with head coach Rob McCracken, and says his recent trip to America to meet with other top trainers was simply a learning mission.

And speaking with iFL TV this week, he has said that he is the type of fighter who absorbs information, and said his team would better answer what went wrong against Usyk than him.

"You would have to ask the team what their plan was," he replied when asked if he had attempted to 'outbox the boxer'.

"Because I'm a product of what I get thought in the gym and I could probably do a better interview than you in a month... I like to soak up information like a sponge.

"I'm a fast learner and if you feed me the right information I can just soak it up, so you have to ask the team what their plan was.

Anthony Joshua has had "awkward conversations" with his team after losing to Oleksandr Usyk (

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"Like I said, I've got the right team around me, and they're just feeding me with information and in my head what it was is should I have gone in the fight 'this isn't working'?"

Joshua was beaten comfortably on all three judges' scorecards, which he accepts as the result, but says that it's hard to gauge in the ring if you are winning or losing rounds you feel are close.

He was outboxed comprehensively by Usyk, but says he felt that he was touching his rival, and was unsure just how poorly the fight was going due to the way the bout was playing out.

"I felt like I didn't have any indications to know it wasn't working because I'm touching him constantly," he continued.

"I know the jab wasn't like 'boom boom' then a big left hand followed by a right hook, it wasn't that type of fight.

"There were balances and in the later part of the fight from rounds 9 or 10 my eye started to blow up and the fight got away from me."

And Joshua has said that he plans on getting back into the ring quickly to rematch Usyk, even slamming those who question if he should take a "warm up fight" first.

He immediately travelled to America following the loss to Usyk, where he met with veteran coaches Robert Garcia, Eddy Reynoso, Virgil Hunter and Ronnie Shields.

He watched Reynoso coach a Canelo Alvarez sparring session, and has admitted that it is possible he brings another big name coach into his team if McCracken will allow it.

He also said that some of the conversations he has had with his team have been "awkward", with some even hurting him.

"I may not be effing and blinding on Instagram, but it doesn't mean I stomach losses," Joshua explained. "I'm not going 'I'll be alright guys, I'll be back, I'm just going to go have a little drink and I'll be back'.

"F*** that, I was on the first plane to the States, spoke to all my team and we've had some awkward conversations within the camp, I haven't got a big team.

"The training team is Rob's element, physios, they manage all that, but I've got a core boxing team and commercial guys and everyone's had to be checked.

"And I'm not going to lie, it hurts, especially when you have a winning mentality."

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