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Anthony Joshua Responds To Oleksandr Usyk Loss

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Anthony Joshua Responds To Oleksandr Usyk Loss

Anthony Joshua has responded to losing his belts to Oleksandr Usyk in a convincing win for the Ukrainian.

Usyk previously boxed at cruiserweight and dominated the division, resulting in him quickly jumping up to the heavyweight division.

In just his third heavyweight bout, Usyk beat Joshua via unanimous decision on Saturday night and became the new unified heavyweight champion of the world.

Joshua has since taken to Instagram to react to the loss.

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He captioned the post: "Keep positive even if the world's crumbling in front of you!

"London I love you & thank you each and every time!"

Users were quick to comment on the pic following his defeat.

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One user wrote: "Respect champ. Keep your head up," whilst a second added: "Holding strong like a warrior. God bless you champ!"

Another user commented: "Well said champ."

Even though true boxing fans will say they 'aren't surprised' by Joshua's defeat, it's safe to say the rest of us who only watch the occasional fight are pretty shocked.

Whilst Joshua is the bigger, stronger man, it seems as if he was completely outboxed.

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Anthony Joshua lost his world heavyweight championship to Oleksandr Usyk. Credit: Alamy
Anthony Joshua lost his world heavyweight championship to Oleksandr Usyk. Credit: Alamy

The second round was quieter than the first, with Joshua reluctant to waste too much energy early in the fight.

The third round is where the fight exploded to life, with Usyk landing a huge left hand that certainly shook and stumbled Joshua.

Usyk looked to capitalise quickly on his good work, again making his quick and nimble footwork show.

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After a couple of quiet rounds from Usyk, he absolutely dominated the seventh and could arguably have been awarded it 10-8, some effective combinations saw him knock back Joshua with a straight left, stumbling his opponent.

The eighth saw Joshua throw an uppercut, his signature move, for the first time in the fight. While Usyk took it cleanly, it did not stop him coming forward and exchanging blows with Joshua as he dominated once again.

Oleksandr Usyk is the new heavyweight champion. Credit: Alamy
Oleksandr Usyk is the new heavyweight champion. Credit: Alamy

The Ukrainian cruised his way through the 11th, barely taking a punch while pressing forward constantly.

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He closed the show out in some style, dominating Joshua in the final round with combination punches and footwork that saw all of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium standing on their feet.

Usyk is now the new WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion of the world.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Anthony Joshua, Boxing

Anish Vij
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