Eddie Hearn responds to claim Anthony Joshua was saved from KO by early final bell

Hearn has revealed that the clock was only early on the DAZN broadcast, and was not stopped prematurely with Joshua eating several heavy shots late on in the final round against Oleksandr Usyk

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Anthony Joshua ready to do ‘it all again’ after loss to Oleksandr Usyk

Eddie Hearn has denied claims that the fight between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk was stopped early.

Joshua was defeated by a top-level display from tricky Ukrainian Usyk, and lost his unified heavyweight titles.

And Usyk was dominant in the final round, landing heavy combinations with fans questioning the timing of the final bell.

But Hearn has rubbished claims the bell was rang early, and was told it was only on the DAZN broadcast of the fight.

“I don’t believe it did, I saw that it did on the DAZN clock but I remember specifically the ten seconds came and it was ten seconds,” Hearn told IFLTV.

“Because I remember hearing when there was ten seconds to go, it wasn’t three seconds after the clock went so I don’t believe that was an early bell.

Anthony Joshua was rocked in the final minute by Oleksandr Usyk


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“One for the BBBofC not for me, but it wasn’t like ‘he is in trouble here let’s ring the bell’, again it is one for the board but what I do know is he got hit by a couple of shots but it wasn’t early.”

Footage had emerged that previously suggested the final round had ended early, with Joshua being backed on to the ropes.

And the fight was tough for the 31-year-old, who was unable to cope with the movement and technique of his opponent.

But he now looks set to face Usyk in a rematch, with the clause previously confirmed.

He has now appeared to concede he came into the fight with the wrong gameplan, but is keen to get back to the “drawing board”.

“I let a few people down, obviously people that support me. There’s other people that probably thought I should have gone in with a different gameplan,” he told iFL TV.

“But at the end of the day he won and I lost. All I want to do is get back to the drawing board, hustle and put in the work. Over the period of time I’m boxing, just change the script, get another W and fight for the belts again.

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“There’s certain things I know I can improve on for sure and there’s certain things that he can probably improve on, that’s why I feel like the next fight will be phenomenal.

“I’ve got a great opportunity of becoming three-time heavyweight champion of the world, so I’m going to take it with both hands and put the work in.”

Hearn confirmed after the fight that Joshua will pursue the rematch with Usyk, despite the devastating defeat.

And Joshua could join a group that has become three-time heavyweight champion with a victory, including Lennox Lewis and Muhammad Ali.

But the punch stats provide an insight into Usyk’s dominance, with Joshua needing a remarkable turnaround to take victory.

The defeat could signal a significant delay in any clash with domestic rival Tyson Fury, with the pair now on separate paths.

And Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has cast further doubts labelling the fight “unlikely” in the near future.

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