Joshua’s reign as IBF, WBA and WBO champion was ended in a startling fight which Usyk took by a unanimous decision after a scintillating performance.
Joshua went down on points, losing on all three judges’ cards – 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 – in front of his home crowd in London.
This is the second defeat of Joshua’s career after he was upset by Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019; which will now devastate hopes of the dream undisputed title fight against Tyson Fury, who again faces Deontay Wilder on October 9, after Usyk inflicted another twist in this incredible division.
Usyk became only the third boxer (after Evander Holyfield and David Haye) to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight; he was the undisputed cruiserweight champion and is now only missing the WBC belt, owned by Fury, to match that feat at heavyweight.
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Usyk who admitted after the fight that Joshua was hard on him at the beginning, dedicated his victory to Jesus Christ, saying it would not have been possible without the Lord
“The only thing I wanted to do with this fight was to praise my Lord, Jesus Christ and say all comes from him,” he added.
Meanwhile, in a post on his verified Twitter account, AJ expressed appreciation to his London fans.
The post reads, “Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you! London, I love you and thank you every time!”
Recall that Joshua had revealed that he would be retiring from boxing between the age of 36 to 40.
When asked how long he thinks he can go on in the sport, Anthony Joshua replied;
“I think you’ve got between 36 and 40. So at 36, it’s kind of like, how many more years do you go beyond that? Do you do the full yard to 40?”
“Forty seems like the age where it’s like, ‘okay, you’ve done this for a long time now. So yeah, 36 to 40 is when I look at my career”, he indicated.