Late in the evening, on September 26, the long-awaited fight between Ukrainian boxer Alexander Usik and Britons Anthony Joshua took place in London.
The Ukrainian managed to win, becoming the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion.
The fight lasted all 12 rounds. The first few were on an equal footing. In the fifth and sixth, Joshua took the center of the ring, but the next round Usyk became more active. In the tenth round, the Ukrainian received an eyebrow cut.
In the 12th round in the last seconds Usik managed to hold Joshua on the ropes. According to the judges, at the end of the fight the score was: 117-112, 116-112, 115-113.
For Usik, it was his 19 career victory without defeats. He fought his third heavyweight fight, but fought for a world title for the first time. In turn, Joshua was unable to defend his titles. In an interview after the fight, the Briton said that he would train a lot, not excluding that there will be a rematch.
“With all due respect, I was not surprised at how Usyk was in the fight. He was lighter, his pace was good, but he still misses a lot. The rematch will need to figure out how to hit more often and hit harder, “Joshua said.
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