Oleksandr Usyk Beats Anthony Joshua to Keep His Heavyweight Championships
Oleksandr Usyk Beats Anthony Joshua to Keep His Heavyweight Championships: On Saturday in Jeddah, Oleksandr Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua in a rematch, and the judges’ scores were close enough for Usyk to keep his heavyweight belts.
The 12-round fight was a rout because of the 35-year-old Ukrainian’s unbreakable nerve, which he used to rain powerful blows on Joshua. In the ninth round, Joshua landed a series of punches on Usyk that appeared to halt the Ukrainian’s momentum but ultimately resulted in Joshua’s defeat.
One judge had it 115-113 for him, but Usyk came out on top to keep his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles with scores of 115-113 and 116-112.
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High Levels of Emotion
The “Rage on the Red Sea” headline for the heavyweight title rematch was a perfect fit for the atmosphere of the fight. The 32-year-old British fighter, after losing again to Usyk, grabbed up two of the Ukrainian’s titles, flung them out of the ring, and stormed to his dressing room, where he gave an impassioned speech.
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I’m telling you this guy to defeat me today, maybe I could have done better, but it shows the amount of hard work he must have put in, so please give him a round of applause as our heavyweight champion of the world. If you understood my tale, you’d appreciate the passion. Because of his emotional investment in the fight, which began with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Usyk declared victory under those conditions.
The 35-year-old returned to his native Ukraine earlier this year and enlisted in the territory defense unit in Kyiv to aid in the ongoing battle efforts.
Despite his reservations, Usyk was given the green light to resume training in March in anticipation of his bout with Joshua.
After the battle, Usyk told a translator, “I dedicate my victory to my country, to my family, to my team, to all the people, armies who are defending the country.
” Very greatly appreciated. This event has already occurred, “Moreover, he said. “In particular, the round in which I was viciously attacked will be watched by future generations. But I was able to (withstand it) and change its trajectory.”
After WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury announced last week that he is ready to “walk away” from boxing, Usyk made it obvious that he intends to challenge Fury.
“Tyson Fury is not yet retired, and I am confident that he wants to fight me. I have a desire to physically confront him “A statement made by Usyk. The only bout I’ll take is against Tyson Fury.
“I Was Really Frustrated With Myself
During his news conference after the match, Joshua sobbed and said he was “upset” by his performance on Saturday. He admitted, “I find it quite challenging to declare that I am proud of myself.”
“I’m hurt all the way down to my soul.” He continued to justify his emotional outburst following the game by saying: “There will always be skeptics when you make an effort to do things the right way.
That’s how I felt, that’s all. To be honest, I was fuming with myself. I wasn’t directing it anywhere but at myself. The thought crossed my mind that I needed to leave the house immediately since I was becoming increasingly agitated.
” I was upset, and as we all know, anger can make us act irrationally. But then I remembered that this was just a game and decided to act responsibly.” British fighters Carl Froch and Kell Brook predicted that a loss to Usyk in the rematch would be the end of Joshua’s career.
However, the 32-year-old did not appear to be ready to retire just yet. “I refuse to go down without a fight. Insatiable hunger is always present, “He went on to say.