Plans for a mega-light Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have been disrupted by Oleksandr Usyk.
The former undisputed cruiserweight champion is now set to become an undisputed heavyweight champion as Usyk boxed phenomenally to neutralize Anthony Joshua for a unanimous decision with scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115 -113.
Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) won the WBA (Super), WBO and IBF titles from Joshua using a combination of footwork, head movement and a sharp left hand to keep Joshua in balance while throughout the 12-round affair in front of nearly 70,000 pro-Joshua fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England.
Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) just couldn’t figure out the puzzle known as Usyk, but made things difficult for his opponent in the middle of the laps by making adjustments and working the body. But Usyk wouldn’t deny that night and ended the fight as strong as he started it.
MIX SPECIAL: Usyk passed AJ and landed the hardest punches the entire fight. Usyk’s 148 punches were the most scored by an opponent from Joshua. Usyk
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There were times Usyk hurt Joshua, but he was smart enough to stay out of harm’s way. Joshua used a jab to stay in the fight and landed his right hand. But with Usyk staying on the move, he couldn’t sit down on his punches and really test his opponent’s punch resistance.
It was close before the final three laps, but Usyk put his foot on the gas and made combinations to ensure he would win against the judges in Joshua’s backyard. The final round was revealing as Usyk ended the fight by staggering Joshua with a left hand and tearing his opponent apart with punches until the final bell rang.
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With the win, Usyk will attend the October 9 showdown between WBC champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder with the intention of eventually challenging the winner for the undisputed championship. But Joshua has a rematch clause and will likely apply it immediately.
Here’s how it all went.
Oleksandr Usyk stuns Anthony Joshua with unanimous decision
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Result: Oleksandr Usyk def.Anthony Joshua by unanimous decision (117-112, 116-112 & 115-113)
Round 12 (6:03 p.m.) : Final round and Joshua needs a knockout on my scoreboard. Usyk comes straight over Joshua. The right hand lands for Joshua and Usyk responds with a double left hand. AJ with a right hand that lands. Usyk pulling all cylinders. Another combination of Usyk. Joshua can’t find his target. Until he does. Two right hands by AJ but Usyk responds and lands on the left. They fight and Usyk injures AJ at the end of the fight! 10-9 Usyk (116-112 Usyk)
Round 11 (5:59 p.m.) : Usyk is all over AJ and lands a combination. He’s on fire. Joshua stops him in his tracks with a right hand. Pair of right hands by Joshua. Joshua’s hard blow. Usyk lands a combination. Joshua lands a right hand. Difficult combination of Usyk to close the round. 10-9 Usyk (106-103 Usyk)
Round 10 (5:55 p.m.) : Joshua starts looking for this uppercut. Usyk puts down a left hand. Kick Joshua’s grill. Usyk crackles Joshua again with a left hand. The short right hand surprises Usyk. Joshua’s right hand lands and a combination supports Usyk. Usyk has a cut in his right eye. Usyk’s wing punches. Both faces collapse. Another tight turn but at Usyk 10-9 Usyk (96-94 Usyk)
Round 9 (5:51 p.m.) : Joshua lands a pair of uppercuts. Usyk seems to be slowing down a bit. Usyk lands a jab. The two are trying to find their shots. Usyk a little busier. Usyk lands a hard left hand and Joshua charges forward and lands on the body. Close the tour but it goes to Usyk for me. 10-9 Usyk (86-85 Usyk)
Round 8 (5:47 p.m.) : AJ puts down a right hand. Joshua tracks down Usyk and lands a right hand. Follow with a jab. Uppercut to the body lands by Joshua and supports Usyk. Usyk throws a combination and misses everything. Joshua stays calm and sticks the jab. Uppercut to the body. Joshua is working on Usyk’s body. 10-9 Joshua (76-76)
Round 7 (17:43) : Joshua lands to the body. Usyk doesn’t like it. They exchange and Joshua steps back. The left hand suddenly lands on AJ. Usyk lands again but eats a hard hook to the body. Hard left by Usyk brings AJ back again. Usyk with a pair of left hands. AJ thrusts a right hand in the middle. Usyk puts down a left hand and AJ almost falls to the ground. Usyk pouring over it. Usyk all over AJ. What a trick for Usyk. 10-9 Usyk (67-66 Usyk)
Tour 6 (17:39) : AJ throws the jab and seems to have understood the rhythm of Usyk. But Usyk takes a hard hit in the middle which lands. AJ’s jab becomes the key as he stops Usyk every time he advances. Joshua is touching Usyk a lot more now. The hard right hand lands and ignites Usyk. Usyk takes it well but it caught his eye. Hard Right knocks Usyk back at the end of the turn. 10-9 Joshua (57-57 Joshua)
Tour 5 (5:35 p.m.) : Joshua follows Usyk but does nothing. Short left hand by AJ lands. Blow up the jab. Usyk settles down and eats hits to the body. Glue Usyk with the jab. Usyk responds. Joshua lands a hard right hand but Usyk lands over it with a right hand. Joshua with a right hand to close the turn. Much better. 10-9 Joshua (48-47 Usyk)
Round 4 (17:31) : Usyk puts down a right hand immediately to open the 4th. Joshua is baffled. He doesn’t know when to throw. Usyk’s right hand lands and knocks AJ back. Joshua lands on the body and Usyk responds with a left hand. Usyk has no problem going over the top at will. AJ doesn’t know how to stop him. 10-9 Usyk (39-37 Usyk)
Round 3 (17:27) : Round 3 begins. Usyk starts over. Joshua begins to move forward and lands. Great combination by Usyk lands. Usyk’s footwork is fantastic tonight. Joshua still seems to be trying to figure out Usyk. Right hand next to Joshua’s land. Joshua’s left hand crackles. The hard left hand hurts AJ! 10-9 Usyk (29-28 Usyk)
Round 2 (5:23 p.m.): Round 2 opens with Usyk pressing forward. AJ with a jab. Lots of movement by Usyk. Joshua lands in the body. Usyk hits but misses. AJ lands a right hand. Usyk is busy and tries to make his way through while Joshua is dialed. The hard right hand lands by AJ. Usyk unfazed. Tight lap but 10-9 Joshua ( 19-19)
Round 1 (17:19) : Joshua meets Usyk in the middle of the ring. Eat a jab. Joshua lands a right hand. AJ legs with the jab. The right hand lands which supports Usyk. Usyk’s hard left hand lands. Usyk closes the distance earlier. Right hand in the middle by AJ as Usyk circles around. Usyk lands on the body. The left hand lands at the end of the turn. 10-9 Usyk
5:06 p.m .: Anthony Joshua walks into an absolute crowd eruption. He wears a simple white robe with black lettering which could be considered a nod to the legendary Muhammad Ali. And then he continues with “No Easy Way Out” by Robert Tepper of Rocky IV. It’s incredible.
5:02 p.m .: Usyk walks to the ring. It’s a long march for Usyk as the crowd of nearly 70,000 fans is against him tonight.
4:56 p.m. : We have had a lot of downtime, but now is the time for the national anthems of both fighters to be sung. We’re minutes away from Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk!
4:00 p.m .: Hi, that’s all. Okolie kept looking to land something in the head, but found his mark on the body and landed a left hook as Prasovic tried to escape with the right hand. Prasovic immediately collapsed on the canvas and couldn’t find the strength to overcome the pain and get up. KO in the third round for Okolie (17-0, 14 KOs), which it will be interesting to see how he performs in the future.
3:58 p.m .: It didn’t take long for Okolie to find his mark and landed a right hand on Prasovic to score a knockdown in the second round. Prasovic came out of the round with his senses intact but the end is certainly near.
3:40 p.m .: The main co-event is coming up as Lawrence Okolie makes his first defense of his WBO cruiserweight title against Dilan Prasovic. Okolie is expected to make short work of Prasovic, but he can’t ignore his opponent no matter how much he is set to win.
3:19 p.m. : A bit of home cooking here for Campbell Hatton, who won a unanimous decision over Martinez with scores of 58-57 from all three judges. It is absolutely weird. Martinez was sharper, landed the hardest punches and pretty much dominated Hatton. Alas, boxing is what boxing is.
3:02 p.m. : Currently, Campbell Hatton, son of former champion Ricky Hatton, faces tough Sonny Martinez. Over the course of three rounds, Martinez parted Hatton. Hatton (3-0) is on the line and tries to keep his unbeaten record intact, but he’s struggling to understand Martinez.
2:22 p.m .: Oh my God. It was scary. Callum Smith’s light heavyweight debut was a success, albeit a scary finish as he uncorked a vicious right hand that knocked Lenin Castillo down in the second round. Castillo hit the canvas hard and his body immediately shorted out. He is currently receiving medical attention and has been out of service for several minutes. They now stretch him out of the ring. Scary moments.
Here’s everything you need to know about Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk, including start time, schedule, and how to watch.
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How much does Joshua cost against Usyk?
- DAZN : $ 19.99 per month or $ 99.99 for the year
- Sky Sports ticket office: â¬ 24.95 or $ 33.81
DAZN offers subscription options for $ 19.99 / month or $ 99.99 for an entire year. In Canada, the price is CA $ 20 per month or CA $ 150 per year. Sky Sports Box Office will broadcast Saturday’s fight for â¬ 24.95.
What time does Anthony Joshua start against Oleksandr Usyk?
- Dated: Saturday September 25
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- Joshua vs. Usyk: 5 p.m. ET (approximately)
- Site: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England
The Joshua vs. Usyk card is scheduled to begin around 1 p.m. ET on Saturday. Six more fights will take place before the Joshua vs. Usyk fight begins.
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk results
- Oleksandr Usyk beat. Anthony Joshua by unanimous decision (117-112, 116-112 & 115-113)
- Lawrence Okolie beat. Dilan Prasovic via 3rd round knockout (1:57)
- Campbell Hatton defeated Sonny Martinez by unanimous decision (58-57, 58-57 & 58-57)
- Callum Smith def. Lenin Castillo via KO in the 2nd round (: 55)