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Anthony Joshua silences Louis Theroux during tense exchange in new TV interview

Ryan Smart

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Anthony Joshua silences Louis Theroux during tense exchange in new TV interview

Anthony Joshua and Louis Theroux shared a tense exchange during an episode of the latter's interview show.

The former heavyweight champion appeared on the second series of the BBC show 'Louis Theroux Interviews', where he was grilled by the renowned journalist and TV presenter.

The episode, which will air on Tuesday, November 7, sees Joshua answer a series of hard-hitting questions, as per Theroux's style.

There was one slightly awkward moment during the show - which you can see below.



The moment in question occurred after Theroux asked Joshua about one of his now infamous moments after he lost to Oleksandr Usyk.

After the Ukrainian won by split decision, Joshua threw his heavyweight championship belts outside the ring and stormed out, before returning to shake hands with his opponent.

Joshua then grabbed the microphone and gave a passionate yet unusual speech, in which he paid tribute to Ukraine and stated he was 'stealing' Usyk's belts 'because of the passion we put into this'.


When the 34-year-old was asked about the incident by Theroux, he replied: "That was an ego and pride thing coming out. I brought this heavyweight division back. That was in me, right or wrong. Probably wrong."

Theroux then gave his own view, hitting back in an attempt to get Joshua to expand on the answer: "Probably wrong, probably wrong I think.

"I don't think anyone says it's the right thing to do."

That point appeared to irk Joshua, who interjected: "You asked me a question and I'm answering it."


Theroux briefly remained quiet after that remark, before continuing to probe Joshua about the incident.

The former heavyweight champion elaborated: "I threw [the belts] because that's what I felt like. I grabbed the mic, I addressed the crowd. Could I have done it better? Of course I could have.

"I had finished a 12-round fight. I felt frustrated and annoyed. I knew I was out of the title race."

There were more light-hearted moments in the documentary - the pair contested a 'freestyle rap battle' at one stage - although most of the show is centred around Joshua's upbringing and the challenges he has encountered both inside and outside of boxing.


On the emotional pressures associated with being one of the most high-profile names in the sport, the Watford-born fighter explained: "Are we going to dissect everything I say and use it as a narrative to create a story. That's why I keep myself to myself.

"You put all this pressure on yourself to come and be this big star and be perfect.

"I'm telling you - they'll pull you down. The higher you are, the bigger drop."

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Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Oleksandr Usyk

Ryan Smart
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