Usyk defeats Anthony Joshua to become heavyweight champion

The Ukrainian Usyk claimed the crown via unanimous decision with scores of 117-112, 116-112, 115-113.
Usyk defeats Anthony Joshua to become heavyweight champion
Oleksandr usyk

Oleksandr Usyk has been crowned the new unified world heavyweight champion after defeating Anthony Joshua in London on Saturday.

The Ukranian claimed the crown via unanimous decision with scores of 117-112, 116-112, 115-113.

Usyk has become the third boxer after Evander Holyfield and David Haye to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight.

Joshua has now lost his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight belts to the WBO mandatory challenger.

Home fans at the Tottenham Stadium watched as Joshua fell to Usyk’s speed, movement and accuracy.

But for the bell, the Ukrainian would have knocked AJ out in fromt of the 60,000 fans.

Usyk became the second boxer to defeat Joshua in his professional career after Andy Ruiz Jr in New York in 2019.

After the fight, the pair shared handshakes and hugs backstage.

Usyk returned AJ’s belts to him as he will be sent new ones by the sanctioning bodies.

Meanwhile, promoter, Eddie Hearn, has sounded that Usyk is not home dry just yet, noting that Joshua intends to activate the rematch clause in order to reclaim his belts.

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