Oleksandr Usyk retained his world heavyweight boxing titles after defeating Anthony Joshua in a rematch in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Joshua, 32, showed great improvement from his first fight which he lost in September last year but still couldn’t match the Ukrainian’s brilliance and craftsmanship.
Joshua lost the fight via split decision after 12 rounds.
Usyk retains his IBF, WBO and WBA (Super) heavyweight belts, as well as the Ring magazine title vacated by Tyson Fury.
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Two judges scored the fight 115-113 and Usyk 116-112, while a third judge gave it 115-113 to Joshua, but although there were a few close rounds, Usyk was the deserved winner.
“For this guy to beat me tonight shows the levels of hard work he had to put in so please applaud him as the heavyweight champion of the world,” Joshua said after the defeat.
“They said I’m not a 12 round fighter. I’m not 14 stone, I’m 18 stone, I’m heavy. This is a difficult work. This guy here is phenomenal.
Joshua has now suffered back-to-back defeats to Usyk, as the Ukrainian will now attempt to bring Tyson Fury out of retirement for a lucrative showdown to become boxing’s first undisputed blue-riband division champion since the great Lennox Lewis.
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