Following Anthony Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk, boxing enthusiasts have speculated on conspiracy theories.
Fans watching Anthony Joshua’s world title loss to Oleksandr Usyk on TV observed the clock had not finished counting down before the referee stopped the 12th round, causing a slew of conspiracy theories to surface online.
Following Anthony Joshua’s devastating loss against Oleksandr Usyk, boxing enthusiasts are expressing their conspiracy theories online. The British boxer was defeated by the Ukrainian for the WBA, WBA, and IBF world belts, putting his ambitions to fight Tyson Fury in jeopardy.
In front of 65,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night, Usyk – now a two-division champion – dethroned Joshua, as the former undisputed cruiserweight champion easily outperformed Joshua.
Usyk stunned the reigning champion on several times, proving to be simply too fast – and too good – for the 31-year-old, scoring a number of impressive hits to win the fight unanimously on points.
Throughout the battle, Joshua had moments of success, but they were ephemeral, and he was unable to turn the momentum as Usyk overpowered him, nearly putting the Watford-born star out in the last round.
The scorecards read 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 in favor of the challenger, and Joshua simply shrugged his shoulders when he learned of his defeat.
Joshua’s future is currently uncertain, with the possibility of a highly-anticipated rematch with Tyson Fury hanging in the balance.
Some sharp-eyed fans, though, believe it might have been worse for Joshua, since the battle appeared to be stopped early, with the final round ending suspiciously swiftly.
The Ukrainian had Joshua on the ropes heading into the last 30 seconds of the 12th round when the fight clock on TV and the actual fight clock appeared to be out of sync.
The final nine seconds looked to conclude in just three seconds, as presented by DAZN, saving Joshua from being knocked out in London.
‘Anyone notice at the end of the 12th round the bell range 7 seconds early, was this to rescue Joshua from being knocked out?’ asked @Lu3Beatz on Twitter.
Following that, both fans and critics took to social media to air their conspiracy theories.
‘The 12th round concluded with 6 seconds left on the clock,’ tweeted @FlashyFlashBxng. @DaznBoxing, what was that all about? “Brinkwire Summary News” is only an attempt.