Mighty Anthony Joshua defeated by the Dominant Oleksandr Usyk to become the new Heavyweight Champion

Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine holds up the Ukrainian flag after his unanimous decision victory over Anthony Joshua of Britain, in London, Sept. 25, 2021. - Copyright AP Photo/Frank Augstein


After dethroning Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22KOs) with a stunning performance in London on September 25, Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13KOs) is the new unified heavyweight world champion.

In front of 65,000 fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Ukrainian put on a masterpiece, completely outclassing defending champion Joshua over 12 rounds and injuring him on many occasions.

The scorecards were all in Usyk's favor - 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 - and Joshua only shrugged as the second defeat of his professional career was confirmed.

Following the failure of a bout with fellow Briton Tyson Fury last summer, Joshua chose to fight Usyk, his WBO mandatory challenger and former undisputed cruiserweight champion.

At first glance, Joshua appeared to have the easier fight against an undisputed cruiserweight champion who many says is too small for the weight class. Still, a genuinely spectacular performance from the challenger ruined boxing's victorious return to stadium nights for the home audience.

Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, told BBC Radio 5 Live that his fighter may have shattered his eye socket and will need to go to the hospital.

"I don't know if he has broken his eye socket, it doesn't look great," he remarked. "He said he couldn't see after the ninth round, obviously he was getting tagged a lot as well."

A shattered After the ruling, Joshua exited the ring immediately but subsequently posted a short message on Twitter, stating, "Keep positive even if the world is crumbling in front of you!" London, I adore you, and thank you for everything!"

After losing his world heavyweight belts to Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua believes he is "a different animal, not a sulker" and that he "will bounce back."

After suffering an eye injury in Saturday's 12-round fight with the Ukrainian at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Joshua revealed he "couldn't see in round nine."

Eddie Hearn, his promoter, speculated that his fighter had a shattered eye socket.

"I can't go back and sulk - that's wasting time," Joshua, 31, explained.

"I couldn't see in the ninth round, couldn't see anything really because my eye was shut," the vanquished Briton stated after the fight when asked what went wrong.

"It was a good experience because in adversity you've just got to learn to control yourself, stay on top of things, so when I couldn't see anything - it's the first time that it's happened in a fight." says the fighter.

Hearn claimed Joshua had shown too much deference to Usyk, 34, and that he would have to make "fundamental changes" to reclaim the WBA, WBO, and IBF championships he had lost in the bout.

The Briton's contract with Usyk includes a rematch clause, which he later indicated he would accept.

Lawrence Okolie retains his WBO world cruiserweight title by knocking out Dilan Prasovic.

In a tense finish, Callum Smith knocked out Lenin Castillo.

Campbell Hatton, Ricky's son, was given the decision over Sonny Martinez, a significantly superior opponent. The Spaniard from the first bell beat Hatton, but he was unjustly denied the rightful decision in the end. He was well aware that he had triumphed, as was Campbell.

Publish : 2021-09-26 15:32:00

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