On Saturday, August 20, at the King Abdullah Sports City Arena in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk defeated British-Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua in a rematch to solidify his position at the top of the heavyweight category.
Usyk defeated Joshua over the course of 12 rounds, taking the match by scores of 116-112 and 115-113 on two cards. The third judge gave Joshua a score of 115–113.
In a significant change from their previous encounter in September, Joshua displayed a new side of himself during the fight by applying a lot of pressure and hitting Usyk in the body with body blows.
Usyk, who assisted in defending Ukraine during Russia’s invasion, was nearly broken in the ninth round by body punches.
Usyk then showed impeccable character in the 10th round, clipping Joshua with heavy counter-punches to end the bout.
Usyk deservingly won and could possibly fight Tyson Fury the WBC heavyweight champion in December for the crown of undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Speaking through a translator after the fight, Usyk said;
“This is already history,” “Many generations are going watch this fight, especially the [10th] round, when someone tried to beat me hard, but I standed it and turned it in a different way. Thanks, God.”
Usyk was asked whether he thought he won the fight in light of the protestations from Joshua’s corner. “Yes, of course,” he answered
When asked about the one major heavyweight title that’s not in his possession: the WBC belt held by Tyson Fury, Usyk responds;
“I’m sure that Tyson Fury is not retired yet,” Usyk says. “I’m sure. I’m convinced he wants to fight me. I want to fight him. And if I’m not fighting Tyson Fury, I’m not fighting at all.”
“Only God knows whether I will or not. But all these gentlemen here around me, my team, they’re going to help me.”
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