Anthony Joshua took note of the judges' clear verdict with a shrug, and the new heavyweight king Alexander Usyk was celebrated with his four world champion belts.
In front of 60,000 fans in the Tottenham Hotspur football stadium, the Ukrainian became a party cracker and won a unanimous point victory in a high-class fight.
Joshua, on the other hand, lost the world championship belts of the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO associations for the second time after 2019.
Usyk was already four-time cruiserweight world champion and moved to the premier class of boxing in 2019.
At the open-air spectacle in London, boxing idol Witali Klitschko cheered on the ring about the triumph of his compatriot, who can now count himself among the greatest boxers in history.
Joshua had already surprisingly against Andy Ruiz jr in June 2019 in New York.
lost, but regained the title a good year later.
Revenge has also been agreed with mandatory challenger Usyk.
“Alexander Usyk was fantastic.
It wasn't a great performance by AJ, he looked more and more tired as he progressed.
Usyk had the perfect plan and made history, ”said Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn.
For Usyk it was the 19th victory in the 19th fight as a professional.
The outstanding technician 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 visibly overwhelmed Joshua.
Again and again Usyk penetrated with his quick combinations, dominated the fight in the first four rounds.
Only then did Joshua catch himself a little and get a little out of his passivity.
But in the final phase Usyk was fully there again, while Joshua apparently only waited for the final bell.
With the victory of Usyk, the longed-for duel between Joshua and his compatriot Tyson Fury is over for the time being.
The unification fight with the WBC champion was already fixed before a court ordered that Fury first box against Deontay Wilder for the third time.
This fight will be played in Las Vegas on October 9th.Keywords: