Oleksandr Usyk Defeats Anthony Joshua

As Oleksandr Usyk defended his three heavyweight titles against Anthony Joshua in a rematch in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Saturday, he came out on top.

As a result of the judges’ scores, there was one judge who scored the fight in favor of Joshua, 115-113, but his decision was overruled by scores of 115-113 and 116-112 in favor of Usyk, who won the bout for the second time in a row over Joshua.

Under the guidance of new trainer Robert Garcia, Joshua fared better than he had under previous trainers when they met in September, but it was still not enough to defeat his opponent.

Oleksandr Usyk Defeats Anthony Joshua And Calls Out Tyson Fury Credit By Google
Oleksandr Usyk Defeats Anthony Joshua And Calls Out Tyson Fury Credit By Google

In A Split Decision, Oleksandr Usyk Defeats Anthony Joshua And Calls Out Tyson Fury In The Process

Joshua (24-3, 20 knockouts) grabbed the microphone when the decision was announced and urged the crowd to cheer for Usyk (20-0, 13 knockouts) with a shout of “Hip-Hip Hooray!”.

In the wake of his second victory over Joshua, Usyk, 35, secured the heavyweight titles of the WBA, WBO, and IBF, and is now on a collision course with Tyson Fury, who holds the title of the WBC.

There’s no way Tyson Fury has retired yet, according to ESPN’s No. 2 heavyweight and No. 6 pound-for-pound boxer Usyk.

There is no doubt in my mind that I will not fight Tyson Fury if I do not face him. He wants to fight me, and I want to fight him. It would be a pleasure to fight him.

In terms of boxing history, there is no doubt that the proposed Usyk-Fury matchup, which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is eyeing up for December, is one of the biggest fights ever held in the sport.

Fury announced earlier this month that he will be making a comeback following his victory over Dillian Whyte in April.

Tyson Fury Calls Out Alexander Usyk After Beating Anthony Joshua
Tyson Fury Calls Out Alexander Usyk After Beating Anthony Joshua

Following a stalemate in negotiations with Derek Chisora, Fury reversed course and once again insisted he was retired.

A video posted on Fury’s Instagram account after Usyk’s victory said that he would annihilate both of them in the next fight.

“Get your f-ing checkbook out because ‘The Gypsy King’ is here to stay for the rest of your life!”

According to ESPN’s Mark Kriegel in San Diego, Fury’s promoter, Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, believes the purse split should be 50-50 between Fury and Top Rank.

There won’t be a problem making the fight,” Arum said. “I spoke with [Usyk’s manager] Egis [Klimas] to congratulate him.

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We should be able to pull it together. The only question is where we are going to put it.”

After leaving war-torn Ukraine with his wife and three children, Usyk was preparing for a rematch with Joshua in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates after he left the war-torn country with his wife and children in the middle of the week.

When Russia invaded Ukraine in February of this year, Usyk joined a territorial defense battalion.

It was Usyk who said in the lead-up to the Joshua fight that he was motivated by the people of Ukraine who are fighting hard to defend their independence, and he ensured that the fight was shown on free-to-air television at home.

“I would like to thank everyone who prayed for me,” said Usyk, the former cruiserweight champion. I dedicate this victory to my country, to my family, to my team … to all military members defending our country.”

During the fight on Saturday, Usyk had to endure perhaps the most adverse situation of his professional career to survive.

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As Joshua concentrated on a body attack throughout the fight, he finally broke through in Round 9 when he hit Usyk with a series of punches that hurt him badly.

As Joshua bullied him around the ring and unloaded punches to the head and midsection of the champion, he was on unsteady legs and unable to control his actions.

As a matter of fact, Joshua threw 67 punches in the ninth and connected on 28, which was twice as many as his previous record.

But before Usyk could actually capitalize on this opportunity, he turned the tables on him and responded with one of the best rounds of the fight.

It was now Joshua who was reeling as Usyk unleashed power punches from all angles at him, and Joshua was left reeling.

Despite a sharp counter right hand from Joshua, Usyk stormed back with more of the same, stopping Joshua for a moment.

The total number of punches Usyk connected on in Round 10 was 39 out of 95, which is both a fight high.

Usyk, who was a gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics in London, said: “This is already history.” He added: “Many generations will watch this fight, especially the round in which someone tried to beat me hard.”

Usyk closed strong with a dominant performance in the 11th round, in which his movement befuddled the bigger Joshua, and with a ferocious performance in Round 12, when Joshua went for broke in an attempt to score the knockout.

In the words of Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, “What a performance from Usyk.”. Initially, I thought we had the fight figured out after the ninth round.

The 10th round, however, was one of the best rounds I have ever seen turn a fight around. What he did in the 10th, 11th, and 12th rounds was incredible.

And that was the difference tonight… He’s just too good, and there is no shame in it [for Joshua].

In order to become a three-time heavyweight champion, Joshua, a 32-year-old from England, was attempting to do just that.

There was also the possibility for him to regain his three titles in a rematch in Saudi Arabia, for the second time in his career.

As a result of his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. by TKO in June 2019 — ESPN’s upset of the year — Joshua was able to reclaim the unified championship with a decision in the rematch six months later.

Despite his best efforts, Joshua was unable to exact revenge on Usyk this time around.

I still believe that Joshua, who appeared on the verge of being stopped in Round 12 of the first meeting, did a much better job this time around and will surely be moving on to plenty of championship fights in the near future, whether or not he wins one.

According to ESPN, he is the No. 4 ranked heavyweight in the world.

In contrast, Usyk has presented a puzzle that no opponent has been able to solve, whether it be in the cruiserweight or heavyweight weight class.

Even though Usyk conceded 24 pounds in weight to Joshua – and another three inches in height – Usyk’s excellent footwork, southpaw jab, and boxing acumen won the match in the end.

There has been no doubt that Usyk has proven to be one of the most dominant fighters in the ring, but if there is one man who has a realistic chance of beating him, it would be “The Gypsy King” in a fight for all the marbles.

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