Anthony Joshua was soundly defeated by Oleksandr Usyk via unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night to give up his unified world heavyweight championship
Anthony Joshua sported a nasty bruise under his right eye and a bleeding nose as his face paid the price for his beatdown at the hands of Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua, 31, was soundly defeated by Usyk, 34, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night to give up his unified world heavyweight championship.
The Ukrainian started and ended the brighter of the two fighters to outpoint AJ on the judges’ scorecards 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113.
Usyk appeared to be close to finishing the Brit towards the end of the 12th round and Joshua will have been relieved to hear the bell ring for the final time.
It marks AJ’s second defeat, adding to his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr., while Usyk remains undefeated having added the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles to his stunning CV which already includes the undisputed cruiserweight championship and an Olympic gold medal.
There is a clause the Watford native can activate for a rematch but it may be some time before he thinks about activating that after he was hurt on numerous occasions to leave him swollen and dejected as the result was announced.
Dillian Whyte felt his former heavyweight rival “lacked ambition” and had a “negative” approach to the fight.
“I said if Joshua tried to box he was always going to lose,” Whyte told BBC Radio 5 Live. “If he had come out and bullied him and pushed the pace and let his hands go he could have knocked him out in the first even round.
“But he came out and was being too negative he seemed like a gun shy fighter. You are the bigger man, have a go.
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“I don’t know, he lacked ambition in the ring there tonight.
“The first round, Usyk landed the first strong blow and Joshua was a negative fighter. He got tagged with a left and he was worried the whole time.”
Whyte also suggested he would perform far better than AJ if he faces Usyk after his bout with Otto Wallin on 30 October.
He added: “I have to go through Wallin first, after we will see.
“But I tell you what, I will not be losing to an overall decision like that, I can tell you that now.
“I will go out and I will have a shoot-out – if I get knocked out, I get knocked out, but I will have a shoot-out, I am not getting out boxed over 12 rounds like that, no chance.”