Anthony Joshua's swollen eye going down as Brit continues recovery after brutal Oleksandr Usyk battering

HEAVYWEIGHT Anthony Joshua's brutal eye injury appears to be improving as he continues his road to recovery.

The Brit, 31, suffered a devastating blow to his right eye during his defeat to new world champ Oleksandr Usyk, 34, last month.

AJ looked a lot fresher on Monday morning as he posted an inspirational message to his 13million Instagram followers.

He wrote: "Have a great week whatever you got planned."

Joshua was taken to hospital with a suspected broken eye socket after being dethroned by Usyk but didn't suffer a fracture.

The undefeated Ukrainian outclassed AJ to win the fight by unanimous decision but the latter is determined to regain his belts.

Joshua has activated a rematch clause in their contract and it's believed the two boxers could fight again in early 2022.

The two-time heavyweight champ has reassured fans his 'spirit is strong' and he's learnt from his shock loss to Usyk.


He tweeted in September: "I’ve watched the fight, analysed my preparations & identified my mistakes. I’ve learnt my lesson.

"Thanks for sending love & checking in. Don’t worry about me. My spirit is strong!"

Former heavyweight champ David Haye has backed Joshua to regain his WBA, IBF and WBO world titles – if he uses his 'physical attributes'.

But others, including Tyson Fury's promoter Frank Warren, have expressed doubts over AJ's prospects against Usyk.

Warren recently wrote in Boxing Scene: "I cannot actually imagine a rematch turning out much differently."

And boxing icon Ricky Hatton believes there's more to come from Usyk and he could stop AJ in a rematch.

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