Anthony Joshua's coach revealed what was Joshua's main problem and what was their plan in the last round. "Joshua was mentally defeated since round ten or eleven," Garcia said to Izquierdazo (via RingNews24).
"Round ten was a big one for Usyk. That changed the whole fight and mentally we were defeated. At that point, we were relying on a good shot or something like that, because Anthony is a hard puncher, and one shot can change a fight.
That is what we were hoping for, one shot, because he was dominated at that point of the fight." Garcia believes that the 10th round solved many things. "The fight was going well for us, but the tenth round changed everything.
The last three rounds of the fight were the ones that changed the fight. In the ninth round we were close to winning, perhaps even by knockout. Through round nine, we were winning the fight on the scorecards, but it was decided in the last rounds.
Usyk is a great fighter, with a tremendous heart, who knows how to finish strong, like champions do.
Garcia: Usyk came back stronger
Garcia believes that Joshua had an ideal chance to decide the match, but he was not mentally ready for it.
The 10th round was crucial, and in that round Usyk showed why he is the champion. "During that ninth round, me and the guys in the corner were telling ourselves that we had the fight. But nothing is secured until the final bell.
Usyk came back stronger in the tenth round and that changed the fight. I have even thought in these last few days that it was Anthony Joshua who mentally defeated himself. In the ninth, Joshua threw a lot of punches and almost put Usyk out."
Usyk gave his best, he showed his class but also that he is mentally one step ahead of many boxers. It was as if the situation in Ukraine was more of a motive for him. "Maybe he emptied [his tank], but maybe it was just that Usyk came stronger and more motivated to the tenth round, we don't know.
In this fight, I think that Usyk was mentally stronger. I think he was stronger, to the point that after being close to a knockout, instead of giving up, he came back stronger. His will and his desire to demonstrate to his country that he couldn't let himself lose the fight, made him come back."