Anthony Joshua’s reign as world heavyweight champion was ended and a ‘Battle of Britain’ against Tyson Fury lies in tatters after Oleksandr Usyk claimed a stunning unanimous decision win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Oleksandr Usyk reflected on a job well done after defeating Anthony Joshua to become the new world heavyweight champion.
Joshua’s reign was ended and a ‘Battle of Britain’ against Tyson Fury lies in tatters after the Ukrainian’s masterful display at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Usyk was giving up three inches in height and another one in reach, as well as nearly 20lbs in weight, but the man who dominated the cruiserweight decision proved too smart for Joshua with a unanimous points victory in London.
Usyk claimed the WBA, IBF and WBO titles after being given the nod by all three judges, with scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113.
The unbeaten Usyk became only the third fighter, after Evander Holyfield and David Haye, to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight.
“This means a lot for me. The fight went the way I expected it to go,” Usyk told Sky Sports Box Office.
“There were moments when Anthony pushed me hard but it was nothing special.”
“I had no objective to knock him out because my corner pushed me not to do that. In the beginning, I tried to hit him hard, but then I stuck to my job.
“The only thing I wanted to do with this fight is to give praise to Jesus Christ.
“I have 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 missed seeing them playing. I want to go home and be happy with my family and I’m not thinking about the rematch.”
Carl Froch, the former super-middleweight world champion, also felt Usyk was worth his victory.
He told BBC Radio Five Live: “All the boxing purists who know the game, we always knew Oleksandr Usyk could out-perform AJ, out-box him and beat him on points.
“I don’t think any of us knew he could do it in such a manner. Towards the end, he took control, then started to beat him up when he didn’t need to.
“That was a boxing match and a proper fight, which in the end Oleksandr Usyk was in control of. He deserves every credit.
“ Anthony Joshua did his part, he tried to box with him and work the body at time, but it wasn’t enough, he simply wasn’t good enough.”