I didn't plan to knock out Joshua, I just wanted to praise Jesus - Usyk

The fight went the way I expected it to go. There were moments when Anthony pushed me hard but it was nothing special.
I didn't plan to knock out Joshua, I just wanted to praise Jesus - Usyk

Minutes after he stripped Anthony Joshua of the IBF, WBA and WBO belts, the new heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk, says he did not go into the fight with the intention of knocking out the Brit.

The pugilist disclosed in a post-match interview with Sky Sports that the only thing he had in mind was to win the fight to glorify Jesus Christ.

This is just as he admitted missing his family who he has yet to see due to his intensive six-month training in preparation for the big fight.

Spectators and the viewing public watched in disbelief as Joshua lost all his belts to the Ukrainian on Saturday night in front of 67,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The judges scored the fight 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 for Usyk.

Usyk said: “This means a lot for me. The fight went the way I expected it to go. There were moments when Anthony pushed me hard but it was nothing special.

“I had no objective to knock him out because my corner pushed me not to do that. In the beginning, I tried to hit him hard, but then I stuck to my job.

“The only thing I wanted to do with this fight is to give praise to Jesus Christ.

“I have been working so hard since January in preparation for this fight, it took me half a year and I didn’t see my family for so long. I missed seeing them playing.

“I want to go home and be happy with my family and I’m not thinking about the rematch.”

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