Oleksandr Usyk beats Anthony Joshua: Ukrainian challenger outclasses Briton by unanimous decision
Oleksandr Usyk is the new unified heavyweight world champion after dethroning Anthony Joshua with an incredible performance in London.
The scorecards - 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 - were all for Usyk and there was a mere shrug of the shoulders from Joshua as the second defeat of his professional career was confirmed.Having seen a fight with fellow Briton Tyson Fury collapse last summer, Joshua opted to face his WBO mandatory challenger and former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk instead.
It appeared the easier fight for Joshua, but boxing's triumphant return to stadium nights was soured for the home crowd by a truly exceptional performance from the challenger.Okolie retains cruiserweight title with third-round knockoutUsyk pure class against one-gear Joshua
Joshua was relaxed and cheerful as he approached the ring, but concentration was etched on his face from the first bell.Usyk's abilities quickly became apparent, the 34-year-old full of feints and pace from the off, moving Joshua around the ring at will as the defending champion settled into a surprisingly passive role. headtopics.com
A few warning shots from Joshua fell short in the early rounds, Usyk either catching them with a glove or spinning away. It would become the pattern of the fight as Usyk made Joshua miss and executed a perfect gameplan of his own.A left cross from Usyk rattled Joshua in the third round, and prompted a noisy response from the crowd.
Joshua rode the danger, failing to respond, but making it to the bell safely. Usyk was now brimming with confidence and the London crowd tried in vain to rouse their man into life.A low shot from Joshua brought a complaint from Usyk and Joshua fired off another, perhaps sensing a weakness in his opponent. Round five was Joshua's best to that point, but Usyk remained in control and the Briton continued to miss his attempts to land any meaningful shots.
Finally, in the sixth round, Joshua landed his right hand, sparking a response form Usyk, who widened his stance and appeared ready to trade. Joshua backed off, wary of a firefight.And Joshua's fears were realised in the seventh as Usyk responded brilliantly to stun him with a left hook to the chin and send him stumbling backwards. Joshua stayed on his feet, surviving the round but now in a dire predicament.
Usyk was comfortably ahead on the scorecards and Joshua struggled to close the gap. The huge weight advantage was nowhere in evidence, with Usyk keeping the fight at range and urgings from Joshua's corner to move forward appearing to fall on deaf ears. headtopics.com
Joshua had Usyk briefly on the ropes in the ninth but returned to his corner with a bloody nose having caught a hard shot to the face in the closing seconds of the round.There was blood on the faces of both men in the 11th round. Joshua had a cut and swelling on his eye; Usyk had a gash on his left eye. But while Usyk's mouth was open, he was by far the busier fighter in the penultimate round, outclassing Joshua with ease once again.
The crowd desperately tried to inspire the defending champion, who needed a knockout in the final round. But it was the challenger who almost found the decisive punch, pushing a dazed Joshua on to the ropes.The bell saved Joshua from suffering another knockout defeat and there was a nervous wait for Usyk's team for the scorecards.
There were to be no more shocks, however, as all three judges gave it to the challenger and ended Joshua's short second reign as world champion after just one fight.Joshua left at a crossroadsIt is unclear where Joshua goes from here. There is a rematch clause, one that the two-time world champion is likely to exercise.
He now has two losses to his name and on both occasions the Briton was dominated by a smaller man. Usyk did not find the knockout punch, but he exposed Joshua's frailties and somewhat light attacking arsenal.Joshua had no answer to Usyk and while his opponent glided across the ring, the champion appeared to be dragging his feet through mud. There was no attempt to bully Usyk, wear him down or go to the body. headtopics.com
It was a strange, almost hapless display from Joshua which leaves his legacy as one of the heavyweight greats in ruins.Aside from the Briton's long-term career prospects, Joshua versus Fury now appears to be dead.Fury fights Deontay Wilder next month in Las Vegas and every fight fan's greatest fear has been realised after the unification bout collapsed last summer.
To begin with, Joshua will have to win his rematch with Usyk which, after Saturday night's meeting, appears a near impossible prospect. Read more: BBC News (UK) »
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What fight was the judge watching who had uysk only 2 rounds up? Grubby. Anyone else get bored of these rematch clauses? It's like they go into the fight expecting to lose, doesn't let the winner move onto new fights subscribe and support thiz I bet there's a re match, to keep the money flowing What a beautiful night White beats Black.😎🇬🇧
AJ’s a busted flush. Can’t see him ever being a heavyweight champion again. He should concentrate on his corny TV adverts. USKY beat him fair and square from round one Joshua should have stuck to advertise he'll make more money the big ponce LYNX POWER Thought joshuas fire had gone and proven right What a fight though 👏
Never mind AJ maybe u should stop thinking ur the big man , least u got out of getting beat by tyson fury , and AJ was very lucky the Bell went in last round or he would have been knocked out , he was dazed on the ropes Boo that mother fuckers
Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk: Tense stare-down at weigh-in before world heavyweight title fightAhead of his Saturday night clash with Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua says: 'There is no game plan - just win'. AJ is invincible 🥊 I wouldn’t part with my cash to pay box office to watch this. Tyson Fury fights though is a different matter
Embarrassing!😳anthonyjoshua totally exposed and ran away after the fight🤷♂️ Aj not fought anyone decent swerved the big 2, then loses to a cruiserweight 😆then disappears at the end and doesn’t speak to his fans...very poor Go woke go broke
Anthony Joshua losing to Oleksandr Usyk ‘a devastating defeat’, Eddie Hearn admitsJoshua lost 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 on the judges’ scorecards EddieHearn waiting for the marketing sorry boxing money to come in!! Tony’s dealers need paying ❄️❄️ even he couldn’t mask that 💩 show! JoshuaUsyk
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Anthony Joshua ‘already talking about winning rematch’ against Oleksandr UsykThe Ukrainian secured a hugely deserved unanimous points victory to become IBF, WBO and WBA champion Well he would. 🤔 Think he's been hit on the head too often. Ladies and Gentlemen, in the red corner, I present to you, the undisputed “Rematch” champion of the wooooorld . Anthony ‘Rematch’ Joshua
Anthony Joshua breaks silence after defeat to Oleksandr UsykThe Ukrainian secured a hugely deserved unanimous points victory to become IBF, WBO and WBA champion 'Breaks silence' it was 20 minutes ago That was a short silence 😐 Retire!!...you were an embarrassment!!😂👎
Follow live updates of Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr UsykThe Briton puts his unified world heavyweight titles on the line at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against the former undisputed cruiserweight champion