How the British media reacted to Joshua's defeat in the battle with Usyk
Joshua needs to learn a lot before going out for revenge, according to the media.
On Saturday night at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Alexander Usyk defeated Briton Anthony Joshua by unanimous decision, taking away the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO championship belts. The Ukrainian destroyed Joshua and deprived the British of the opportunity to see the unification battle between Joshua and Fury, in which half a billion pounds could be at stake.Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has already stated that Joshua is eager to take advantage of the mandatory rematch clause after his unexpected defeat to Andy Ruiz. But the English media, after Usyk destroyed the Briton in the ring, believe that Joshua needs to study a lot before going out for revenge, so as not to look like a “schoolboy before a master” again.
Edition & nbsp; < strong> Sky Sports & nbsp; writes: “Joshua's reign as IBF, WBA and WBO champion ended in a sensational duel in which the brilliant Usyk won by unanimous decision. Joshua's second career loss after being knocked out by Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019 will now shatter hopes for a dream title fight against Tyson Fury, who will face Deontay Wilder again on October 9.
Joshua was brave. and brave, damaging the face of his opponent, but that night belonged to Usyk, who became only the third boxer (after Evander Holyfield and David Haye) to win heavy and heavyweight titles.
Usyk was the undisputed world champion in the cruiserweight and now he only lacks the WBC belt, which belongs to Fury, to become the undisputed heavyweight champion.
In the 12th round, Joshua was forced to desperately survive on the ropes under the strong onslaught of Usyk. He stayed on his feet, but it wasn't enough to save his second championship reign. ” against Tyson Fury, which could have been £ 500 million at stake. At the same time, the publication pays tribute to the Ukrainian left-hander, who outplayed the Briton and deservedly won by unanimous decision.
” Unlike most gas stations in London, Usyk did not run out of gas this evening. He forced Joshua to end the fight pinned down to the ropes. The Ukrainian achieved this, having an undeniable advantage in the referee cards. ”
Columnist Dave Kidd was impressed with Usyk's performance in the ring. “Usyk was an excellent craftsman and deserved his victory. Next year will be a rematch and Joshua needs to find a way to stop the elusive left-hander. But would you bet on that? ”, & # 8212; asks Dave Kidd.
Delighted with the performance by Alexander Usyk and & nbsp; BBC … The publication notes that the Ukrainian “smartly dealt with Joshua and forever inscribed his name in the history of boxing, returning the glory of the heavyweight kings to the Ukrainians, which the Klitschko brothers won.”
“It was clear to everyone that Usyk was able to perform better than Joshua and win on points, but hardly anyone expected that he would deal with him in such a manner, & # 8212; former British champion Carl Froch told the BBC. & # 8212; He boxed better, and in the end he just started beating Joshua. In the end, Usyk completely controlled the fight. He turned out to be above all praise “, & # 8212; noted Froch.
This is Joshua's second loss in 24 games. The last time he was offended was American Andy Ruiz in 2019, but the Briton returned all four belts lost in New York in a rematch in Saudi Arabia just six months later.
This time Usik is 12- m round may have discouraged Joshua from meeting again soon, & # 8212; thinks Karl Froch. Another British champion, Anthony Kroll, agrees with him. “Today he lost to a very special fighter. These are found once in a generation. ”
The Independent & nbsp; came out with the headline:” Usyk stunned Joshua and became world heavyweight champion “.
“In the thrilling final of the fight, Usyk took advantage of his speed advantage. & Nbsp; And he even emptied the tank in pursuit of a knockout, feeling that the decision of the judges might be unreliable. & Nbsp; Joshua, pinned to the ropes and bouncing from side to side, survived, but the decision read by Michael Buffer was well deserved by Usik “, & # 8212; by Jack Retbourne. “Usyk won the heavyweight division, and next year he will have an attractive financial rematch with Joshua.”
& nbsp; Ron Lewis compared Usyk and Joshua to a master and an apprentice. “When Anthony Joshua hurried out of the ring at Tottenham Hotspur stadium, his expression was a complete shock. & Nbsp; Joshua liked the idea that he was learning boxing along the way. & Nbsp; But that night he looked like a lost student, Alexander Usyk was master and left the ring with the titles of the WBA, IBO, WBO, IBF world champion “.
LONDON, ENGLAND & # 8212; SEPTEMBER 25: Anthony Joshua cuts a dejected figure following the Heavyweight Title Fight between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
In 2012, Usyk and Joshua won Olympic gold medals at the London Olympics one day apart. But today in the ring, the difference in boxing education between them looked like an abyss. Joshua needs to think hard and study a lot before going out on revenge with Usyk “, & # 8212; summarizes BoxingScene.