Despite correctly forecasting Anthony Joshua’s loss against Oleksandr Usyk, Tyson Fury will be devastated.
On Saturday night, Anthony Joshua lost his world titles against Oleksandr Usyk, and opponent Tyson Fury would be disappointed.
Tyson Fury will be heartbroken after witnessing fellow British heavyweight Anthony Joshua succumb to Oleksandr Usyk in a heartbreaking defeat on Saturday night, proving his bout prediction correct in the process. With Usyk, Joshua went all the way and was outpointed on home turf, as the visiting fighter won by unanimous decision after a fantastic performance.
Joshua aimed to defend his IBF, WBA, and WBO belts and earn his 25th professional victory inside a noisy Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Instead, the Ukrainian southpaw improved his record to 25-2 (22 KOs), becoming only the second man to defeat the Watford-born slugger after Andy Ruiz Jr.
The two Olympic gold medalists from London 2012 put up a riveting 12 rounds, but the judges correctly went with Usyk, who put on the better performance of boxing in north London.
Joshua stumbled in the third round after being outboxed early in the fight, but he rallied back well to win the mid-rounds.
Both competitors were left with wounds by the end of the fight, with Usyk receiving a cut and Joshua suffering from a swollen eye and bleeding nose.
Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion, rallied to claim victory, and all three judges ruled in his favor.
As a result, Usyk is still undefeated in his career, with a record of 19-0. He now owns three of the four heavyweight titles, with only Fury’s WBC belt remaining.
Fury had projected Usyk to win in an interview with BoxingScene.com prior to the bout, saying: “For a few rounds, I expect it to be awkward, perhaps a bit like a chess match. And I fully anticipate AJ to run out of ideas.
“I envision AJ having a difficult night and possibly losing by stoppage if he doesn’t land on him early and get him out of there with huge punches.
“I’m not a gambler, so I don’t place bets. But, you know, I believe it’s going to be a genuine pick-em battle. You could pick anybody you want on the night to win, but I can think of a lot of reasons why AJ would lose and Usyk would win.” The Gypsy King, on the other hand, will be displeased. “Brinkwire News Summary.”