Anthony Joshua lost his heavyweight titles to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Britain’s unified WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion was comprehensively beaten and dethroned by unanimous decision.
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The battle started with a speculative opening round in which two straight left hands from Usyk were the fundamental punches of note.
The two men appeared to be participating in a specialized beginning as they estimated each other up.
Joshua targeted the body well in the second, yet was disturbed by Usyk’s development as he continually changed points to make life troublesome prior to reacting with his own punches.
Usyk countered AJ with two clean shots toward the beginning of round three and started to land with consistency.
The Nigerian showed up truly pained by the Ukrainian’s development and speed in the beginning stages.
Towards the end of the third, Usyk found a home for a strong left hand which momentarily staggered Joshua.
The former cruiserweight king put in a lot of early body work, which AJ attempted to respond to in the fourth.
In round five, the champion began to open up with his right hand and was more aggressive, finding consistent success for the first time in the fight.
As they reached the halfway point, the challenger appeared to be beginning to slow and was forced to eat a couple of solid heavyweight power punches.
Round seven was particularly fascinating as both men had success and Usyk again staggered Joshua.
With five to go, Usyk was in command but the fight still remained in the balance.
AJ smashed home a series of body shots in the eighth, and appeared to briefly hurt his opponent to the mid section.
Round nine was another tentative session in which Usyk appeared to land more consistently.
Joshua tried to respond in round ten and cut Usyk over his right eye.
This appeared to spur the Brit on as he hammered home two notable straight rights, though his own right eye was badly swollen.
Usyk started the eleventh at fast speed and showed impressive accuracy as he cemented his commanding lead before the final round.
In the last three minutes, AJ could do no more to break Usyk down and the former cruiserweight king realised his ambition of heavyweight glory.
The three judges scored it as a unanimous decision 117-112, 116-112, 115-113.