Challenger Alexander Usyk has dethroned Anthony Joshua and is the new four-time heavyweight world champion.
London – Challenger Alexander Usyk has dethroned Anthony Joshua and is the new four-time world heavyweight champion.
The Ukrainian won a high-class boxing match unanimously on points in London against the British, who lost his belts from the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO associations for the second time since 2019. Under the eyes of Witali Klitschko, mandatory challenger Usyk remained victorious in his 19th professional fight in front of 60,000 spectators in the Tottenham Hotspur football stadium.
The outstanding technician Usyk had clear size and weight disadvantages compared to Joshua. That is why the 34-year-old relied on his speed against the world champion, who was three years his junior, and started the fight dominantly. Joshua was impressed, boxed too passively and got off balance for the first time in the fourth round. Only then did Joshua catch himself up and make the duel more balanced. But while Usyk was still able to improve in the final phase, Joshua failed to land effective hits.
The fight between Joshua and the former four-time world cruiserweight champion was only due to the postponement of the British duel with Tyson Fury. WBC world champion Fury only has to fight the American Deontay Wilder for the third time due to a court decision. The fight will take place in Las Vegas on October 9th. With Joshua’s defeat, a fury fight should have moved into the distance again, especially since a rematch against Usyk can be assumed.
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