After a unanimous points victory, Oleksandr Usyk knocks Anthony Joshua for being “nothing exceptional.”
On Saturday night, Oleksandr Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua to become the new world heavyweight champion.
After claiming Anthony Joshua’s four world heavyweight titles on Saturday evening at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Oleksandr Usyk declared that the Brit was “nothing remarkable.” Usyk was proclaimed the winner by unanimous decision after outboxing his fellow Olympic champion over the course of 12 rounds. Usyk now appears unlikely to meet long-time adversary Tyson Fury in the near future.
Joshua’s night was never going to be simple, as he was thrust into a true competition from the first bell.
Usyk was especially energized and light on his feet, bobbing and weaving around the ring to avoid his heavily-backed opponent’s early jabs.
With a series of punches in the third round, he put Joshua on the defensive and continued to land a number of crushing blows throughout the fight.
In round six, Joshua began directing Usyk around the canvas, connecting with a couple of big right hands in the process.
In the seventh round, the two continued to trade punches until Joshua was stunned by a hard attempt from Usyk as the bell rang.
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After the battle, the newly-crowned heavyweight champion stated that he was not very satisfied with Joshua’s performance, claiming that he expected a one-sided victory.
“The fight went exactly as I had predicted,” Usyk stated.
“Anthony pushed me hard a number of times, but nothing out of the ordinary.”
Usyk was also questioned about the possibility of a speedy rematch, with such a clause reportedly included in both his and Joshua’s contracts.
The 34-year-old, on the other hand, downplayed the prospect of another fight, emphasizing his desire to spend time with his family in the near future.
“I’ve been working so hard in preparation for this fight since January,” Usyk remarked.
“It took me a year and a half, and I hadn’t seen my family in a long time.” I miss spending time with my kids and seeing them play.
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