Anthony Joshua plays chess after Oleksandr Usyk defeat as he regroups with extended holiday in Saudi Arabia

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Is he planning his next move? Anthony Joshua enjoys a game of poolside chess in Saudi Arabia as the British heavyweight star is pictured for the first time since his devastating defeat and post-fight collapse

  • Anthony Joshua has been spotted for the first time since losing to Oleksandr Usyk
  • Joshua was pictured playing chess in Saudi Arabia with coach and friend JC Elite
  • The British boxer, 32, was beaten by the Ukrainian in a split decision on Saturday

Anthony Joshua has been spotted for the first time since his demoralizing rematch loss to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night.

The Brit, who was beaten on points for a second time by Usyk in Saudi Arabia, plays chess with friend and coach JC Elite in an Instagram post shared by the latter from Jeddah.

The image is captioned, “Rest, recover, regroup, we’ll move and go again,” suggesting AJ is already looking ahead to his next fight.

Anthony Joshua (right) was spotted playing chess with friend and coach JC Elite in Saudi Arabia

Joshua (left) was beaten by a split decision by Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia on Saturday

Joshua (left) was beaten by a split decision by Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia on Saturday

The 32-year-old was beaten by split decision by Usyk as he faced his fellow Ukrainians again in the Middle East after they lost at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their first meeting last September.

Many believe Joshua should take a break from boxing while he ponders what to do next after suffering a second straight loss for the first time in his career.

The defeat to Usyk was his third in five fights following his previous lack of North London and a surprise loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019, which he rectified with a rematch win later that year.

Joshua's loss to Usyk (right) was his second straight loss and his third in five fights

Joshua’s loss to Usyk (right) was his second straight loss and his third in five fights

After his latest loss, AJ suffered a breakdown while dealing with it, leading to him throwing Usyk’s belt out of the ring and starting a bizarre post-fight tirade.

But he followed up his emotional response by acknowledging on Twitter: I wish @usykaa continued success in your quest for greatness. You are a class act champion. Yesterday I had to go to a dark place mentally to compete for the championship belts! I had two fights, one with Usyk and one with my emotions and both defeated me.

“I’ll be the first to admit I let myself down. I acted out of pure passion and emotion and if it’s not controlled it’s not great. I love this sport so much and from that point on I’m getting better. Respect’.

Tyson Fury (pictured) needs to come out of retirement to fight Usyk next

Tyson Fury (pictured) needs to come out of retirement to fight Usyk next

After the fight with Joshua, Usyk admitted he’s aiming for an undisputed showdown with WBC champion Tyson Fury next.

Fury recently announced his retirement from boxing but the Gypsy King has since admitted he may be tempted to come out of retirement and face Usyk if the deal is right.

Team Fury are in talks over a deal that would eclipse Usyk and Joshua’s £85m rematch, with a possible meeting between him and the former undisputed cruiserweight king set for December 17.

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