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Oleksandr Usyk beats Anthony Joshua – how the boxing world reacted

The fight was seen as a meeting between a ruthless knockout artist in Joshua and a boxing technician in Usyk

On Saturday night in London, Anthony Joshua’s path to becoming the “unchallenged” took an undesirable turn when boxing crowned a new heavyweight king.

This is how the night went on social media …

Elba, Rice & an astronaut helmet – the structure

Big fight nights draw big names from every corner of celebrity, and Saturday night was no different.

One of the best British actors of recent times and an English footballer at the highest level are rooted in her compatriot …

When the predictions came in at the last minute, this Kazakh great just wanted to see a “big drama show” …

He may be ruthless and explosive in the ring, but ‘AJ’ has built a reputation for being Mr. Nice Guy outside of the ring.

True to form, he even had time to pay tribute to his British fighter Callum Smith upon his arrival at the stadium …

Annoy? Which nerves? …

Meanwhile, Usyk had his playing face on …

As the first bell approached, lights on phone cameras illuminated the stadium, the crowd bellowed Neil Diamonds Sweet Caroline, and Master of Ceremonies Michael Buffer introduced both fighters.

Big Time Boxing was back with a bang and London rocked …

Usyk wore an astronaut helmet on his way to the ring, knowing that victory would bring him to the top of the world.

Joshua, wearing a crisp white robe, made a spectacular – albeit long – appearance, complete with fireworks and rocky-themed music …

Usyk sets the tone from round one

The fight was widely viewed as a meeting between an unscrupulous knockout artist in Joshua and a boxing technician in Usyk.

Was Usyk – who cleaned up the cruiserweight – too small for the heavyweight?

Or would Joshua – who has shown his vulnerability in the past – be able to match his opponent’s boxing IQ?

These questions were pretty much answered after the first round …

By the time the first few laps passed, Joshua struggled to solve the Usyk puzzle …

Joshua struggles, but Usyk doesn’t move

Halfway through, however, Joshua landed a couple of hefty punches.

Could this change the course of this struggle …?

Usyk found a second wind and when we entered the championship rounds Joshua had to find something special …

In the final seconds of the final lap, Usyk unleashed a barrage of gunfire as Joshua held on.

The writing was on the wall for the champion …

“Usyk showed his family tree”

When the jury’s scorecards were announced, Usyk – who won unanimously – wiped back tears.

The new champion had reaffirmed his claim to be one of – if not the – best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

The boxing world applauds …

It’s often said that a true champion is someone who can beat their opponent in their own backyard.

Usyk has beaten Krzysztof Glowacki in Poland, Michael Hunter in America, Marco Huck in Germany, Mairis Briedis in Latvia, Murat Gassiev in Russia and Tony Bellew, Derek Chisora ​​and now Joshua in Great Britain.

After his second loss as a professional – after losing to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 – Joshua’s quest to become an undisputed heavyweight champion has taken a heavy blow.

Joshua left the ring shortly after the result, but there were no sour grapes or excuses from the 31-year-old when he spoke at the media conference a little later …

However, it still gave the fight fans some wonderful nights and boxer colleagues supported the Londoner …

The sub-map – Hatton controversy

There was outrage among boxing fans earlier that night when Briton Campbell Hatton received a points decision against Sonni Martinez.

The son of the Manchester fight legend Ricky – in only his fourth professional fight – shot several shots in the six-round encounter.

Hatton bears an uncanny resemblance to his father, while also appearing to share the same gift.

But those in the boxing world thought the Spaniard Martinez’s hand should have been raised at the end of the fight.

Some argue that Hatton – who had a relatively short amateur career – had to spend time honing his craft while one fighter felt the 20-year-old was getting promoted too much.

The sub-map – what’s next for Okolie?

London WBO cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie defended his belt with a third round knockout win against Montenegro’s Dilan Prasovic in the main support of the main event.

Okolie extended his unbeaten victory record to 17-0 with an impressive performance …

After beating his mandatory challenger, Okolie will now try to unite the cruiserweight division.

France’s WBA super champion Arsen Goulamirian and Congo’s WBC defending champion Ilunga Makabu are potential opponents, but Okolie says he wants to face Mairis Briedis, who holds the belts of IBF and Ring Magazine, next.

The Latvian promoters are ready …

The last word

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