Anthony Joshua loses Oleksandr Usyk:. Oleksandr Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua in a rematch on Saturday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, winning by a split decision to keep his three heavyweight championships.
Anthony Joshua loses Oleksandr Usyk
Joshua won the fight with a score of 115-113 according to one judge. Who was overruled by scores of 115-113 and 116-112 in Usyk’s favor. This was Usyk’s second victory over Joshua.
Joshua performed significantly better in the rematch under the direction of new trainer Robert Garcia, but it still wasn’t enough. Joshua entered the ring as the champion when the two faced off last September in London.
After the announcement of result , Joshua (24-3, 20 KOs) took the podium and yelled, “Hip-Hip Hooray!” to the audience in support of Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs).
Joshua said, “This man is a wonderful talent.”
With a second victory against Joshua, Usyk, 35, retained his WBA, WBO, and IBF belts and is now vying with Tyson Fury, who wears the WBC strap, for the title of undisputed heavyweight.
Anthony Joshua loses Oleksandr Usyk
Usyk, the No. 2 heavyweight and No. 6 pound-for-pound boxer on ESPN, asserted that Tyson Fury was not yet retired. “I’m certain. He really does seem to want to fight me. I want to challenge him. And if Tyson Fury isn’t in the ring with me, I’m not fighting at all.”
One of the biggest fights in boxing history is the proposed Usyk-Fury clash. Which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has targeted for December. After defeating Dillian Whyte in April, Fury declared he will not fight in future, only to announce his comeback earlier this month. Fury changed his mind and insisted once more that he was retiring after negotiations with Derek Chisora stagnated.
After Usyk’s victory on Saturday, Fury declared in a video broadcast to Instagram that he will “annihilate both of them on the same night.” “The Gypsy King” is come to stay forever, so get your f—-ing checkbook out!”
In San Diego, Fury’s promoter, Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, told ESPN’s Mark Kriegel that he thinks a 50/50 purse split is appropriate.
It won’t be difficult to start a fight, Arum remarked. “I got in touch with Usyk’s manager, Egis Klimas, to offer my congratulations. We ought to be able to assemble it. The only remaining issue is placement.”
Usyk, who had escaped war-torn Ukraine with his wife and three children, was preparing for the rematch with Joshua in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as Fury dallied about his future. When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Usyk initially enlisted in a battalion for territorial defense.
Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion, said: “I want to thank everyone who prayed for me.” I dedicate this triumph to my nation, my family, my team, and all military personnel who are defending the nation.
Usyk had to persevere through possibly the worst circumstance of his professional career during the bout on Saturday. In Round 9, Joshua, who had been focusing on the body assault throughout the fight, made his move and hit Usyk hard.
Joshua bullied the champion about the ring and pelted him with punches to the head and midsection as he was on shaky knees. In the ninth round, Joshua threw 67 punches and landed 28, which was a fight high.
However, Usyk turned the tables and answered with his best round of the fight before he could really take advantage. Now that Usyk had unloaded power punches from all directions, Joshua was reeling. A quick Joshua counter right hand stopped Usyk briefly , but he immediately came back with more of the same.
Usyk landed 39 of his 95 total punches in the tenth round, both fight highs.
Usyk, who won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics like Joshua, declared, “This is already history.” This fight will be viewed by many generations, especially the round where I was heavily challenged.
Joshua tried his hardest to get the knockout in Round 12, but Usyk closed strong with a commanding 11th round in which his mobility confused the bigger Joshua.
Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, the promoter, commented, “What a performance from Usyk. “I rushed over in the ninth round believing we had won. One of the best fight-turning rounds I’ve ever witnessed occurred in the tenth. He accomplished amazing things in the tenth, eleventh, and twelve. And that made a difference this evening. There is no guilt in it [for Joshua]; he is simply too good.”
Joshua, a 32-year-old Englishman, was aiming to win the heavyweight title three times. In a second rematch in Saudi Arabia, he also aimed to win back his three belts.
Joshua lost the unified championship to Andy Ruiz Jr. by TKO in June 2019 — ESPN’s Upset of the Year — but won it back with a decision in the rematch six months later. However, Joshua was unable to extract revenge on Usyk this time.
However, Joshua, who appeared to be about to be stopped in Round 12 of their previous encounter, fought far better and will undoubtedly advance to more high-profile fights, whether or not he wins a title. He is the No. 4 heavyweight according to ESPN.
No opponent, whether at cruiserweight or heavyweight, has even come close to answering the conundrum Usyk has put up. Usyk won the fight thanks to his superior footwork, southpaw jab, and boxing knowledge despite giving up 24 pounds of weight to Joshua and an additional three inches in height.
Usyk is so far unbeatable in the ring. But if there is one man who will defeat him, it would be “The Gypsy King” in a fight to the death.
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