Plans for a Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua megafight have been disrupted by Oleksandr Usyk.
The former undisputed cruiserweight champion is now on his way to becoming an undisputed heavyweight champion as Usyk boxed phenomenally to neutralize Anthony Joshua and earn a unanimous decision with scores of 117-112, 116-112 & 115-113.
Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) claimed Joshua’s WBA (Super), WBO and IBF titles by using a combination of footwork, head movement and a sharp left hand to keep Joshua off balance throughout the 12-round affair in front of nearly 70,000 pro-Joshua fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England.
Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) simply couldn’t figure out the puzzle known as Usyk but made things tough for his opponent in the middle rounds by making adjustments and working the body. But Usyk would not be denied on this night and closed the fight just as strong as he started it.
There were moments where Usyk had Joshua hurt but he was intelligent enough to stay out of harm’s way. Joshua used a jab to stay in the fight and landed his right hand. But with Usyk staying on the move, he was unable to sit down on his punches and really test his opponent’s punch resistance.
It was close heading into the final three rounds but Usyk put his foot on the gas and rattled off combinations to ensure he’d win over the judges in Joshua’s backyard. The final round was telling as Usyk closed the fight by staggering Joshua with a left hand and tore into his opponent with punches until the final bell sounded.
With the victory, Usyk will watch the October 9 showdown between WBC champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder with plans to eventually challenge the winner for the undisputed championship. But Joshua has a rematch clause and will likely enforce it immediately.
Here’s how it all went down.
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Oleksandr Usyk stuns Anthony Joshua with unanimous decision
(All times Eastern)
Result: Oleksandr Usyk defeats Anthony Joshua via unanimous decision (117-112, 116-112 & 115-113)
Round 12 (3:03 p.m.): Final round and Joshua needs a KO on my scorecard. Usyk comes right at Joshua. Right hand lands for Joshua and Usyk responds with a double left hand. AJ with a right hand that lands. Usyk firing on all cylinders. Another combination by Usyk. Joshua can’t find his target. Until he does. Two right hands by AJ but Usyk responds and lands a left. They are battling it out and Usyk hurts AJ as the fight ends! 10-9 Usyk (116-112 Usyk)
Round 11 (2:59 p.m.): Usyk is all over AJ and lands a combination. He’s fired up. Joshua stops him in his tracks with a right hand. Pair of right hands by Joshua. Hard jab by Joshua. Usyk lands a combination. Joshua lands a right hand. Hard combination by Usyk to close the round. 10-9 Usyk (106-103 Usyk)
Round 10 (2:55 p.m.): Joshua starting to look for that uppercut. Usyk lands a left hand. Shoves a jab into Joshua’s grill. Usyk cracks Joshua again with a left hand. Short right hand catches Usyk off balance. Right hand by Joshua lands and a combination backs Usyk up. Usyk has a cut on his right eye. Usyk winging punches. Both face are falling apart. Another close round but to Usyk 10-9 Usyk (96-94 Usyk)
Round 9 (2:51 p.m.): Joshua lands a pair of uppercuts. Usyk seems to be slowing down a bit. Usyk lands a jab. Both are trying to find their shots. Usyk a little busier. Usyk lands a hard left hand and Joshua charges forward and lands to the body. Close round but it goes to Usyk for me. 10-9 Usyk (86-85 Usyk)
Round 8 (5:47 p.m.): AJ lands a right hand. Joshua stalking Usyk and lands a right hand. Follows with a jab. Uppercut to the body lands by Joshua and backs Usyk up. Usyk launches a combination and misses everything. Joshua stays composed and sticks the jab. Uppercut to the body. Joshua is working Usyk’s body over. 10-9 Joshua (76-76)
Round 7 (5:43 p.m.): Joshua lands to the body. Usyk doesn’t like it. They exchange and Joshua backs up. Left hand lands hard on AJ. Usyk lands again but eats a hard hook to the body. Hard left by Usyk makes AJ back up again. Usyk with a pair of left hands. AJ shoves a right hand down the middle. Usyk lands a left hand and AJ nearly goes down. Usyk pouring it on. Usyk all over AJ. What a round for Usyk. 10-9 Usyk (67-66 Usyk)
Round 6 (5:39 p.m.): AJ pops the jab and seems to have figured out Usyk’s rhythm. But Usyk fires a hard jab down the middle that lands. AJ’s jab is becoming key as he stops Usyk whenever he moves forward. Joshua touching Usyk a lot more now. Hard right hand lands and lights up Usyk. Usyk takes it well but it got his attention. Hard right again moves Usyk back at the end of the round. 10-9 Joshua (57-57 Joshua)
Round 5 (5:35 p.m.): Joshua is following Usyk around but not doing anything. Short left hand by AJ lands. Pops the jab. Usyk moves in and eats shots to the body. Sticks Usyk with the jab. Usyk responds. Joshua lands a hard right hand but Usyk lands over the top with a right hand. Joshua with a right hand to close the round. Much better. 10-9 Joshua (48-47 Usyk)
Round 4 (5:31 p.m.): Usyk lands a right hand immediately to open the 4th. Joshua is befuddled. He can’t figure out when to throw. Right hand by Usyk lands and causes AJ to step back. Joshua lands to the body and Usyk responds with a left hand. Usyk has no problem going over the top at will. AJ can’t figure out how to stop it. 10-9 Usyk (39-37 Usyk)
Round 3 (5:27 p.m.): Round 3 begins. Usyk right at it again. Joshua starts moving forward and lands. Big combination by Usyk lands. Usyk’s footwork is fantastic tonight. Joshua looks like he’s still trying to figure Usyk out. Right hand by Joshua lands. Left hand cracks Joshua. Hard left hand hurts AJ! 10-9 Usyk (29-28 Usyk)
Round 2 (5:23 p.m.): Round 2 opens with Usyk pressing forward. AJ with a jab. Lots of movement by Usyk. Joshua lands to the body. Usyk flashing punches but misses. AJ lands a right hand. Usyk is busy and trying to work his way in while Joshua is composed. Hard right hand lands by AJ. Usyk unfazed. Close round but 10-9 Joshua (19-19)
Round 1 (5:19 p.m): Joshua meets Usyk in the middle of the ring. Eats a jab. Joshua lands a right hand. AJ paws with the jab. Right hand lands that backs Usyk up. Hard left hand by Usyk lands. Usyk is closing the distance early. Right hand down the middle by AJ as Usyk circles. Usyk lands to the body. Left hand lands as the round comes to a close. 10-9 Usyk
5:06 p.m.: Anthony Joshua enters to an absolute eruption from the crowd. He’s wearing a simple white robe with black lettering that could be seen as a nod to the legendary Muhammad Ali. And then he follows with Robert Tepper’s “No Easy Way Out” from Rocky IV. This is incredible.
5:02 p.m.: Usyk makes his way to the ring. It’s a long walk for Usyk as the crowd of nearly 70k fans are against him tonight.
4:56 p.m.: We’ve had a lot of downtime but now it is time as the national anthems for both fighters are being sung. We’re minutes away from Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk!
4:00 p.m.: Welp, that’s it. Okolie kept looking to land something to the head but found his mark on the body and landed a left hook as Prasovic tried to escape the right hand. Prasovic immediately crumbled to the canvas and couldn’t find the strength to overcome the pain and get to his feet. Third-round knockout for Okolie (17-0, 14 KOs), who it will be interesting to see how he’s matched up in the future.
3:58 p.m.: It didn’t take long for Okolie to find his mark and landed a right hand over the top on Prasovic to score a knockdown in the second round. Prasovic made it out of the round with his senses intact but the end is certainly near.
3:40 p.m.: The co-main event is up next as Lawrence Okolie makes his first defense of his WBO cruiserweight title against Dilan Prasovic. The expectation is that Okolie makes short work of Prasovic but he can’t overlook his opponent, no matter how much he’s expected to win.
3:19 p.m.: Some home cooking here for Campbell Hatton, who won a unanimous decision over Martinez with scores of 58-57 from all three judges. That’s absolutely bizarre. Martinez was sharper, landed the harder punches and pretty much dominated Hatton. Alas, boxing is what boxing is.
3:02 p.m.: Up now is Campbell Hatton, son of former champion Ricky Hatton, taking on the rugged Sonny Martinez. Through three rounds it’s been Martinez picking Hatton apart. Hatton (3-0) is game and trying to keep his undefeated record intact but he’s having a hard time figuring out Martinez.
2:22 p.m.: Oh my goodness. That was scary. Callum Smith’s light heavyweight debut was a successful one, albeit a frightening finish as he uncorked a vicious right hand that put Lenin Castillo down and out in the second round. Castillo hit the canvas hard and his body immediately short-circuited. He’s currently getting medical care and has been down for several minutes. They are now stretchering him out of the ring. Scary moments.
Here’s everything you need to know about Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk, including the start time, schedule and how to watch.
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How much does Joshua vs. Usyk cost?
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- Sky Sports Box Office: €24.95 or $33.81
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What time does Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk start?
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 25
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- Joshua vs. Usyk: 5 p.m. ET (approximate)
- Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England
The Joshua vs. Usyk card is expected to start at approximately 1 p.m. ET on Saturday. Six other fights will be held before the Joshua vs. Usyk bout begins.
Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk results
- Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk — WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles
- Lawrence Okolie def. Dilan Prasovic via 3rd round KO (1:57)
- Campbell Hatton def. Sonny Martinez via unanimous decision (58-57, 58-57 & 58-57)
- Callum Smith def. Lenin Castillo via 2nd round KO (:55)