Usyek defeats Joshua and strips him of his world boxing titles

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk has been stripped of Britain’s Anthony Joshua of the world heavyweight title after winning it unanimously by the three judges during the bout that brought them together on Saturday night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

Usik won the victory with a score of 117/112, 116/112 and 115/113 to strip Joshua of his three belts in the International Boxing Federation, the World Boxing Association and the World Boxing Organization.

Usyk became only the third boxer to win the world titles in the world’s heavyweight and heavyweight titles, after Evander Holyfield and David Haye.

Joshua seemed to accept defeat in the mandatory fight against Usek, which came after the failure to organize the fight against his compatriot Tyson Ferry earlier this year, as the British boxer suffered only his second defeat in his career.

Joshua wrote on Twitter, “Be positive, even if the world collapses in front of you. I love you, London, thank you.”

In addition to Joshua’s physical advantage, Usyek faced a difficult atmosphere as more than 66,000 fans crowded the stadium to watch the match.

But the Ukrainian boxer maintained his focus throughout the fight thanks to the combination of his speed and unexpected moves that put his British opponent under constant pressure, and caused his right eye to swell noticeably.

Joshua suffered multiple injuries, especially in the last seconds of the fight, after his Ukrainian opponent forced him to retreat towards the ropes of the ring, before the three judges issued their decision to consider Usyk the winner.

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Usyk has only had his third heavyweight fight since switching to heavyweight just two years ago. It should be noted that Usyk, 34, won the gold medal in the heavyweight boxing competitions at the 2012 London Olympics.


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