Anthony Joshua ready to do 'it all again' after Usyk loss
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World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was left frustrated as he watched Anthony Joshua lose to Oleksandr Usyk, which has affected the highly-anticipated and lucrative potential bout between the British rivals. Joshua lost his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles to the Ukrainian.
Usyk – now a two-division champion – dethroned the Brit in front of 65,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night, as the former undisputed cruiserweight champion comfortably outclassed Joshua.
Usyk stunned the defending champion on a number of occasions as he was simply too fast – and too good – for the 31-year-old, landing a number of impressing hits.
Joshua experienced moments of success throughout the fight, but they were fleeting and he could not shift the momentum as Usyk overwhelmed him, almost knocking the Watford-born star out in the final round.
The scorecards – which read 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 – were all in favour of the challenger, and Joshua met the news of his defeat with a simple shrug of his shoulders.
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Joshua’s future is now incredibly murky, as the prospects of a highly-anticipated clash with Fury have been heavily set back – and Fury’s UK co-promoter Frank Warren revealed the Gypsy King’s reaction to Usyk’s stunning win.
“[Joshua] just wasn’t doing what you’d think a bigger guy would do,” Warren said on talkSPORT Fight Night. “I spoke to Tyson during the fight and we were both of the same opinion.
“All Tyson could see was a massive big fight going down the drain, which is what happened.”
Warren acknowledged the impressive performance of Usyk, but suggested the bout was lost by Joshua just as much as it was won by the dominant Ukrainian.
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The 69-year-old promoter does not believe Joshua could survive in a fight with Fury.
“You would’ve thought the bigger man would have imposed himself,” Warren continued. “He just did not do it and didn’t do it in any part of the fight.
“Not in any part of that fight was he dominant. All Usyk was doing was just totally outboxing him. I said to Tyson, ‘Can you imagine if you were in there with him, how long that would’ve lasted?’
“Tyson’s got as fast hands as Usyk’s got, as good a boxing brain as Usyk’s got and as good footwork as Usyk’s got. But he’s a bigger puncher and he’s got a better chin.”
If the British rivals do meet for a fight to become the undisputed world heavyweight champion, Joshua would have to defeat Usyk in their rematch – a daunting prospect given how Saturday’s bout played out.
The Watford-born boxer would also then have to agree to a deal and overcome compatriot Fury, whose WBC title is on the line against Deontay Wilder in just under two weeks.
And there could now be a chance that Joshua and bitter rival Fury will never meet in the unification bout that once seemed possible.
After his defeat, Joshua still claimed he is still keen to face Fury and Wilder without the titles: “The belts are fun, it’s great, it’s legacy, but with or without the belts, I’ll fight whoever.
“Would you still watch without the belts? Exactly.”
Fury defends his world heavyweight championship against Wilder in the third instalment of their grudge trilogy in Las Vegas on October 9.
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