Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk LIVE RESULTS: AJ suffers a 'suspected damaged eye socket' in defeat – latest reaction

ANTHONY JOSHUA has been defeated by Oleksandr Usyk with a unanimous points loss.

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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  • James Orr

    HEARN CONTINUED

    "No one could convince him [AJ] otherwise, he needs to make changes and do better.

    "Usyk will now be a favourite [for the rematch]. 

    "AJ was worn down physically and mentally and he won in the championship rounds.

    "It will not definitely be in the UK but Ukraine is very unlikely.

    "I don’t think he has fractured his eye socket, he said he could not see out of it from the ninth."

  • James Orr

    EDDIE HEARN SPEAKING

    Hearn just now in the post-fight press conference: "This is easier to take than Ruiz because we know how good Usyk is.

    "We thought AJ would steam through everyone and it was a bolt from the blue.

    "Here he was beaten by a better man and that is sport.

    "He is a deep thinker and he will beat himself for a little while because he dedicates himself the to the sport but this will cut him deep.

    "We are gutted but more understanding at high level sport."

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    For the second time in little more than two years, Anthony Joshua had his world titles ripped from his grasp. 

    And this time they will not be so easily reclaimed, writes Dave Kidd.

    Britain’s WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion was comprehensively out-boxed by the cunning Ukrainian southpaw Oleksandr Usyk.

    Joshua lost a unanimous and indisputable decision, as a crackling atmosphere at Tottenham Hotspur’s magnificent stadium descended into near-silence, the judges’ verdicts met by not even a murmur of dissent.  

    The chance of Joshua ever fighting fellow Brit Tyson Fury for the undisputed title – a contest which came close to fruition this summer – now looks extremely remote. 

    Unlike pretty much every petrol station in London, Usyk simply refused to run out of gas, as Joshua failed to make his superior strength tell. 

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Anthony Joshua has spoken out for the first time since defeat to Oleksnadr Usyk.

    He tweeted: "Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you! London I love you & thank you each and every time!"

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua embrace backstage and could end up rematching.

    Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “The fighter in AJ is already talking about ‘I’ll win the rematch, I’ll win the rematch’.

    “Usyk was the deserved winner and he’s got to make changes in the rematch.

    “He will want to go straight back into that rematch, he will be an underdog in the rematch this time after tonight.

    “This is his life. He lives and breathes boxing. Boxing saves him and made him.

    “When you fall out of love with it, that’s when it’s time to walk away from the sport.

    “For me, that was an average performance from Anthony Joshua. He can do so much better in that fight, but he’s facing a pound-for-pound great.”

    Credit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing
  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua pose together after 12 excellent rounds of heavyweight boxing.

    Promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted: "Great fight, always hard to lose but congratulations @usykaa on a hell of a performance."

    Credit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing
  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Lennox Lewis has thrown his congratulations to Oleksandr Usyk and urged Anthony Joshua to bounce back.

    He said: "Gotta give it up to Usyk on a great tactical performance tonight.

    "For Joshua it's not the end of the road, but you can't be so tentative or wait till the eighth round to turn it on. Learn from this and improve."

    Credit: Reuters

     

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Jamie Carragher was quick to poke fun at Gary Neville, at the expense of AJ and Harry Kane.

    Both featured on Neville's 'Overlap' interview series.

    Carragher tweeted: "Joshua & Kane have gone to pieces after the @GNev2 YouTube Overlap interviews! #JoshuaUsyk."

     

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Ice-cool Usyk claims he didn’t even try to knock AJ out, he was always that confident of his incredible movement and precision punching impressing the judges.

    And he will not be rushed into a rematch until he has some family time to recover from a tough camp.

    He said: “I had no objective to knock him out because my corner pushed me not to do that. In the beginning I pushed hard to knock him out but my trainer said: 'No, do your job'.

    "I've been working so hard since January in preparation for this fight. It took me half a year and I didn't see my family for so long. 

    “I miss my children and watching them play. I want to go home and see my family, and I'm not thinking about a rematch at the moment.

    "You didn't see the best Usyk, I can be much better."

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Anthony Joshua is already demanding a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk even after the Ukraine genius schooled him and snatched away his world titles.

    After 12 punishing rounds, AJ was left with a lovely £30million payday but his belt cabinet was ransacked by the Ukraine assassin and his right cheekbone bashed into a fleshy lump.

    Usyk, 33, could bide his time and try to fight the winner of Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder to become undisputed king.

    Or he can take up AJ’s offer of a far more lucrative earner with another AJ windfall once his cheekbone mends.

    Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “It was a tough defeat. He got beat by the better man on the night.

    "He will want to go straight back into the rematch.

    "It's going to be difficult because Usyk's confidence will be sky high.

    "The desire is still there. He can do so much better in that fight.”

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Eddie Hearn revealed heartbroken Anthony Joshua is already chomping at the bit to get training again.

    Eddie Hearn: “It was a tough fight, a gruelling fight. He’s not quite talking the way you’d expect him to talk at the moment.

    "He’s devastated, he’s already talking about getting back into training. They want to look at the eye socket, he says it’s fine.

    "Congratulations to Oleksandr Usyk, what a fighter. He put in a great performance tonight and the better man won.

    “That was always the danger of the fight. You overthink it, you try and be too technical, you don’t use your attributes and you don’t make your mark early enough in the fight.

    "It was all the things you worry about against a fighter like Oleksandr Usyk. He was a little bit more aggressive than anticipated.

    "He goes down in history, no complaints, he will go again and he’s already talking about training on Monday.

    "Madison Square Garden was different, this was just being beaten by the better man on the night and you’d have to make some big changes in the rematch to avenge that defeat.

    “The fighter in AJ is already talking about ‘I’ll win the rematch, I’ll win the rematch’.

    "Usyk was the deserved winner and he’s got to make changes in the rematch.

    "He will want to go straight back into that rematch, he will be an underdog in the rematch this time after tonight.

    “This is his life. He lives and breathes boxing. Boxing saves him and made him.

    "When you fall out of love with it, that’s when it’s time to walk away from the sport.

    "For me, that was an average performance from Anthony Joshua. He can do so much better in that fight, but he’s facing a pound-for-pound great."

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Here is what Usyk, the new heavyweight champion of the world had to say after his upset.

    He roared: "The fight went exactly the way I expected it to go. There were a couple of moments when Anthony pushed me hard, but no, nothing special.

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

    "In the beginning I pushed hard to knock him out but my trainer said: 'No, do your job'.

    "I've been working so hard since January in preparation for this fight. It took me half a year and I didn't see my family for so long.

    "I miss my children and watching them play. I want to go home and see my family, and I'm not thinking about a rematch at the moment.

    "You didn't see the best Usyk, I can be much better."

    Credit: Reuters

     

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Eddie Hearn appears to suggest Joshua WILL demand a rematch with Usyk.

    Hearn said: "The fighter in AJ is already talking about, 'I'll win the rematch.' Usyk was the deserved winner.

    "He's got to make changes in the rematch. He will want to go straight back into that rematch."

    Credit: Reuters
  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Joshua does have a rematch clause but he admitted it's not even on his mind right now

    He said: "I want to go home, I'm not thinking about the rematch now."

    Eddie Hearn also reckons AJ has suffered some eye damage.

    Credit: Reuters

     

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Even Jake Paul is gutted.

    The YouTube star-turned 4-0 boxer tweeted: . @usykaa showed us a beautiful boxing performance… hats off…

    "@anthonyjoshua has been here before and he will rise again as great champions do.

    "Damn I’m shook I wanted Joshua to win."

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Now, Joshua does have a rematch clause, much like when he lost to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019.

    But this was a 12-round masterclass from Usyk and figuring out this puzzle is a whole different ball game.

    Joshua, who has spoken about retirement aged 36, has to once again go back to the drawing board.

    Credit: AFP
  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Joshua is already out of the ring with Usyk proudly parading his new titles.

    He becomes only the third man – next to Evander Holyfield and David Haye – to win cruiserweight and heavyweight titles.

    Now, does he make history and become a two-weight, undisputed champ?

    Credit: ©Ian Walton Matchroom Boxing
  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    The judges score the bout 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 to your winner and THE NEW unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.

    No controversy here as Joshua is beaten over the 12 round distance.

    Now what?

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK – ROUND 12

    Big drama at the final stages, Joshua trapped on the ropes and takes several shots.

    The ref had a look but AJ just about survived but it was the exclamation mark Usyk needed.

    Usyk looks to have beaten Joshua on points with a 12 round masterclass and put AJ's super-fight with Tyson Fury in tatters.

    Credit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing

     

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK – ROUND 12

    Here we are 12th and final round! Again Usyk out the traps quickly but AJ has centre of the ring.

    Joshua struggiling to get out of the wayof Usyk's fast hands and just can't mount his own attack

    Another left hand rocks Joshua's head back and it's a reall stronf finish for Ukraine's Usyk!

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK – ROUND 11

    Usyk rocks AJ's head back with a short right but the champ takes it and comes back.

    Joshua walking Usyk down but just missing with the right hand, he looks to be fancying it here.

    Usyk lets his hands go and has AJ on the back foot, the two then exchange in the centre to close out a tight round but the challenger had the last laugh.

    Credit: ©Ian Walton Matchroom Boxing

     

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK – ROUND 10

    AJ taking centre of the ring but Usyk is doing a good job in staying out of harms way.

    Right hand lands for Joshua and Usyk is slightly cut here.

    AJ comes forward but looks on heavy legs, just about ducking underneath a left hand in what was a close round to score.

    Credit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

     

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK – ROUND 9

    Usyk comes out the gate quick and AJ soon tries to make it messy but the ref intervenes.

    Couple of left hands find the mark for Usyk and had AJ at one point off balance.

    Could be time for AJ to think about rolling the dice and trying to get the stoppage now…

    Credit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing

     

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK – ROUND 8

    Sweeping right hand just misses for AJ but he's pressing and trying to put a dent in Usyk.

    Right has Usyk on the back foot but he looks composed and unbothered.

    AJ sinks in a couple of right hands towards the end to take a round he really needed to win, but still hasn't had Usyk hurt.

    Credit: PA

     

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK – ROUND 7

    Despite Joshua's momentum that was a big round for Usyk who again had the champ stumbling back.

    He chose not to follow in but that was a big moment.

    Into round eight!

     

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