Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk LIVE RESULTS: Re-match latest as Ukrainian wins, AJ eye socket injury – reaction

ANTHONY JOSHUA has been beaten by Oleksandr Usyk with a unanimous points defeat.

Usyk boxed beautifully at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, winning 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 on the judges scorecards to take AJ's WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles.

The Ukrainian sensation finished the fight putting AJ under enormous pressure and had the Briton rocked on the final bell.

AJ suffered a suspected damaged eye socket in the brutal defeat, though he was not taken to hospital.


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    Spurs have confirmed 66,267 fans attended last night's fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    It's a new attendance record for the stadium.

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    Maybe the two camps will have to meet in the middle.

    If Usyk is determined to be the ‘home’ fighter but a winter date makes Ukraine impossible, he could follow in the footsteps of his heroes the Klitschko brothers.

    The Ukrainians made Germany their home during their glittering careers – Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena has previously hosted UFC events and could be an option.

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    If the date calls for warmer climes, could AJ head back to the desert?

    The Brit faced Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia’s purpose-built Diriyah Arena the last time he had to win back his belts.

    Or perhaps Hearn could tempt another oil-rich state to host – Qatar’s brand new Lusail Iconic Stadium was mentioned for Joshua v Fury.

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    Usyk now holds Joshua’s belts and all the aces when it comes to negotiations over a possible venue.

    The Ukrainian wants to fight in front of home fans – tricky for a February/March date when temperatures plunge to well below freezing in Kiev.

    Usyk has previously fought indoors at the 10,000-capacity Palace of Sports.

    Kiev’s Olympic Stadium is an option and hosted the 2018 Champions League final, but that would surely mean a summer date would have to be found.

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    Few would doubt Hearn’s ability to sell out the Principality even with Joshua as the underdog, but there is a homecoming option.

    Joshua made his name at London’s O2 Arena with a series of brutal knockouts against the likes of Dillian Whyte and Dominic Breazeale.

    And after the uncertain performance at Spurs’ home ground on Saturday, maybe it’s time for AJ to go back to the safety of what he knows.

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    AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearne has already given two clues – he wants a date in February or March next year and is eyeing a UK location.

    For that, he’s going to need an indoor venue. Cardiff’s Principality Stadium has a retractable roof, 78,000 capacity, and hosted Joshua’s fights with Carlos Takem and Joseph Parker.

    Just one problem – Wales play three home games at the Principality in next spring’s Six Nations. That wraps up on March 19th.

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    Anthony Joshua had hardly taken off his gloves before signalling he would trigger the rematch clause in his contract with Oleksandr Usyk.

    But where will their next bout be?

    Eddie Hearn has hinted at a fight in either February or March next year, with a number of possible venues on the cards.

    So let's take a look at where they could be.

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    Dillian Whyte has let rip at AJ after his points defeat to the Ukrainian in London on last night.

    The Body Snatcher told BBC 5 Live: "I said if Joshua tried to box he was always going to lose.

    "If he had come out and bullied him and pushed the pace and let his hands go he could have knocked him out in the first even round.

    "But he came out and was being too negative, he seemed like a gun-shy fighter. You are the bigger man, have a go.

    "I don't know, he lacked ambition in the ring there tonight.

    "The first round, Usyk landed the first strong blow and Joshua was a negative fighter.

    "He got tagged with a left and he was worried the whole time."

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    Oleksandr Usyk stole Anthony Joshua's heavyweight belts on the Brit star's home turf on Saturday night – only to give them straight back.

    AJ, 31, lost his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO titles after being stunned by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    After the bout, Usyk posed in the ring with his news belts after becoming the new heavyweight champion.

    But the former cruiserweight immediately darted to the changing rooms to give them straight back to AJ afterwards.

    Despite the loss, Joshua will get to keep the belts, with Usyk to be sent fresh ones.

    Oleksandr Usyk RETURNS belts to Anthony Joshua as Brit warns ‘see you soon’ in changing room after shock defeat

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    A steely Oleksandr Usyk celebrates with his new belts after unanimously beating Anthony Joshua.

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    Many boxing fans feel a super-fight between Joshua and Tyson Fury – which was agreed earlier this year – will now never be realised.

    Yesterday's defeat mean AJ will have to fight Oleksandr Usyk again, with dreams of a fight against Fury fading into the distance.

    One fan wrote on Twitter: "Joshua is not relevant to Fury anymore. Fury said he had two maybe three fights left. Wilder then Usyk. Joshua is a fraud who gets found out against anybody half decent."

    Another added: "Bang goes the Fury vs Joshua fight. The one mega-money fight that the whole of the boxing world wanted to see now down the pan!"

    A third said: "Can't see Joshua v Fury happening now. No real value for Fury to fight against someone who lost to a cruiserweight. Think Joshua underestimated Usyk and came unstuck."

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    Hearn also posted a separate picture of the build-up to yesterday's main event.

    He thanked fans for their support, with around 67,000 people packed into the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to watch the bout.

    And the experienced promoter said: "Thank you London!

    "It didn’t go our way but I’ve never seen anything like that before."

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    Eddie Hearn also posted a picture of a bruised AJ to commiserate the fighter on the second defeat of his career.

    Hearn captioned the picture: "Always proud of you.

    "Never ducked a challenge and always humble in victory and defeat.

    "As you always say L is for lessons and I know you will be back stronger!"

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    Eddie Hearn has shared the three judges' scorecards from last night's bout to his Instagram story, in which Oleksandr Usyk secured a unanimous victory.

    Brit Howard Foster scored the bout 115-113 in favour of the challenger, but that was the closest score of the three.

    He thought Usyk came out on top in seven out of the twelve rounds.

    Meanwhile American Steve Weisfield awarded Usyk a 116-112 margin if victory, giving the Ukrainian eight out of the twelve.

    And fellow Ukrainian Viktor Fesechenko had the widest margin between the pair.

    He awarded Usyk nine out of the twelve rounds, only giving AJ rounds four, five and six.

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    Oleksandr Usyk stunned Anthony Joshua to steal his heavyweight titles on Saturday night – but the 'crazy Bond villain' had been eyeing up the belts for THREE YEARS.

    In 2018, Usyk was spotted ringside during Joshua's win over Alexander Povetkin.

    And an old photo of the Ukrainian glaring at AJ during the fight has since been resurfaced and quickly gone viral.

    One terrified viewer even called Usyk – dressed in all black with a hood half covering his face – a 'crazy Bond villain'.

    In May, Joshua even shared the very same picture on Snapchat after it was announced he would be fighting Usyk, not Tyson Fury as planned.

    AJ simply captioned the snap: "Everyday is War."

    But that post has now come back to haunt him after he was thoroughly outboxed by Usyk on Saturday evening.

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    In the build-up to Anthony Joshua's fight against Oleksandr Usyk, Eddie Hearn has revealed he had 'zero support' to get a deal done for Joshua to fight Tyson Fury.

    The pair were set to fight in August before Fury was ordered by an arbitration judge to fight Deontay Wilder again.

    And Hearn said: "I had zero support to get that fight made, you know, from Fury's team.

    "We got it done, we agreed the deal, Fury announced the fight and we were good to go.

    "And on the next day we get a ruling that we were told has absolutely no chance of materialising.

    "The whole thing stinks to high heaven."

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    Anthony Joshua looked stunned after hearing the bell ring at the end of the 12th.

    It's something fans are not used to seeing from the usually cool, calm and collected character.

    But he has vowed to be back.

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    Eddie Hearn went on to tell iFL TV: "I think inactivity has not been great for AJ. And it’s a mixture of commercial stuff he does and Covid.

    "That was his second fight in 20 months. At the moment he’s just pumped for the rematch, he just needs to calm down.

    "He needs a holiday, he needs to rest, recovery, take some time.

    "At the moment, all he can think about is a rematch. Which will be good for him in time, but just for now, switch off, rest your body.

    "It was a taxing fight."

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    Eddie Hearn has confirmed that a rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk could take place in early next year.

    And after revealing the possible date, the promoter tolf iFL TV: "We’ll sit down with Alex [Krassyuk] and Egis [Klimas] and we’ll work out where the fight is going to make sense, generate the most money, create the most interest. All kinds of things.

    "AJ don’t care where it is. He’d much rather do it in London, but we’ll have to see.

    "Usyk’s the champ, this is his night. Great guy, great team, they deserve it."

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    Here's a selection of action shots from last night's bout at he Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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    Eddie Hearn went on to say:"And that was the same with [Andy] Ruiz.

    "To be honest, I would have actually probably advised him not to take the Ruiz match after that kind of defeat.

    "I know he was out-boxed tonight but against Ruiz he went down four or five times and he was stopped quite badly in that fight.

    "Tonight he was out-boxed and started to get a little bit beat up towards the end – but there were a number of reasons for that.

    "But I don't see another option. He's not going to want to go and have a ten-rounder at the O2. He's going to want to try and win his belts back.

    "And he should be commended for it. And this time as an underdog in that rematch."

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    Anthony Joshua must trigger his rematch clause against Oleksandr Usyk or risk NEVER having the chance to win the world championship belts back.

    That is according to AJ's Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn who 'cannot see another option'.

    Asked if he would advise AJ to take the rematch, Hearn said: "Yeah because at the end of the day, what are you going to do?

    "Are you going to go and have a ten-rounder or fight an interim bout?

    "Ultimately if he doesn't accept the rematch clause, he will not get a chance to win his world championships back… possibly ever the way this game works."

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    'WHO IS AJ?'

    George Foreman has claimed Anthony Joshua looked scared and forgot who he was as a fighter against Oleksandr Usyk.

    The heavyweight great was unimpressed by what he saw as Joshua was outboxed by his southpaw rival on Saturday night.

    He wrote on Twitter: “Saw the Joshua/Usyk fight: AJ seemed afraid? 

    “He lost his identity. (Should I be cautious (go 12) attack with my power?) 

    “Usyk typical southpaw ‘if you won’t hit me I’ll be awkward and hit you’. Something’s wrong, not AJ he took his punishments. Who are you AJ?”

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    New unified heavyweight champ Oleksandr Usyk has sensationally claimed he was talked out of knocking out Anthony Joshua.

    Usyk looked close to deliver a knockout blow in the 12th, with Joshua slumped on the ropes completely exhausted.

    But the new champ says he was simply following team orders.

    Speaking after his stunning triumph, the 34 year old said: "This means a lot to me.

    "The fight went exactly the way I expected it to go. There was times when Anthony pushed me hard but nothing special.

    "I had no objective to knock him out. My corner pushed me not to do that.

    "My trainer said no and to stick to my job."

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    'IT WAS BAD'

    Anthony Joshua could not see out of his right eye from the ninth round during his battering by Oleksandr Usyk.

    AJ admitted after that he couldn't see which was a new experience for him.

    He said: "It was bad at one stage but it's getting a lot better now. From the ninth I couldn't see. I couldn't see anything really.

    "My eye was shut but it was a good experience because in adversity you've just got to learn to control yourself and stay on top of things.

    "So when I couldn't see anything…

    "It's the first time it's happened in a fight so I was thinking 'ok cool, this is the first time my eye has closed in a fight, I can't see nothing, I'm looking out of one eye'.

    "But it got better as the rounds went on, and we'll be back."

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