Oleksandr Usyk Scores Massive Upset Win Against Anthony Joshua – Becomes New Unified Heavyweight Champion

Anthony Joshua lost his titles in what was a massive setback for his career against Oleksandr Usyk. Following all 12-rounds of battle, Usyk snatched the WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO straps from ‘AJ’. No wonder it was a dooming night for the entire London. This loss also curbs the potential fight between ‘AJ’ and Fury, a fantasy heavyweight battle of the modern era. However, this might be a new beginning of Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight rise.

Shocking Start

Oleksandr Usyk offered a tough fight against Anthony Joshua, which came in as a shock to the combat world. Starting off aggressive, Usyk found his shots right and battered Joshua with good combinations. However, he had to face a similar heat from the other end.

Standing 19 lbs lower than his rival, Usyk looked extremely promising. The first three rounds were close. But Usyk had proven his worth by that point. A proper left hook shot from Usk left Joshua and all his fans shocked by the end of round three. As for Joshua, he was in his natural weight as a champion and could have put more damage on Usyk.

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— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) September 25, 2021

Well, round four was equally disappointing for the UK fans. Usyk resumed the bout with vicious prowess. It urged several fans to recall how Andy Ruiz Jr. had showcased flaws in AJ’s game, which Usyk clearly exploited tonight.

Anthony Joshua Returned in Fifth

Following the first four intense rounds, Anthony Joshua returned strong in the fifth. The unified heavyweight champion displayed his power and held Usyk’s surging dominance in the fight. However, the Ukrainian star still looked sharp. Despite suffering some major blows, ‘The Cat’ retained himself and entered the sixth round in style.

The Action – Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk

While Oleksandr Usyk could have regained his dominance in the sixth, Anthony Joshua began displaying his champion-level mindset. Coming in with his technicality and strength, Joshua planted clean right hooks on Usyk. He didn’t hesitate to brawl as the action went deeper and Usyk looked weary at a point.

What a FIGHT

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— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) September 25, 2021

Round seven began with similar scenes. The entire Tottenham Hotspur stadium cheered as Joshua unloaded a lopsided action.  But Usyk tined the tables and looked similar to what he appeared in the initial stage. The Ukrainian star could find back his ways to proper shots. It paved the path for an intriguing round eight.

The Drama

In round eight, it was both men’s show. Oleksandr Usyk could faint a few shots and trouble Usyk. However, Anthony Joshua planted a few uppercuts to the body. The innovative idea worked in his favor as Usyk took steps back. Round nine looked the same. It couldn’t have been a better night of heavyweight boxing.

With injured right eyes and nose coming out of Joshua’s nose, the heavyweight title fight took its best form in round ten. As we entered the championship rounds, the scenario intensified. Oleksandr Usyk once again shot Anthony Joshua with clean combinations. But ‘AJ’ stood strong. And both men made it to the final round of their career-defining clash.

Nevertheless, it was an all-out action from Usyk in round 12. A tired Joshua took those shots helplessly with the support of the ropes. Post-fight, ‘AJ’ was drained and was pushed to the core of his limits. He looked like a beaten man in his home country.

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