Anthony Joshua was defeated by Ukrainian Usyk who won on a points decision after 12 rounds at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London, meaning he takes Joshua’s IBF, WBA and WBO belts.
Oleksandr Usyk produced a boxing masterclass to dethrone Anthony Joshua and leave dreams of a unification match with Tyson Fury in tatters.
The Ukrainian former cruiserweight king (now 19-0) delivered a dominant performance to win on the scorecards in front of 67,000 fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Joshua’s reign as IBF, WBA and WBO champion was ended in a sensational fight which Usyk took by unanimous decision by scores of 117-112, 116-112, 115-113.
Now Joshua (24-2) must again try to rebuild and win the world heavyweight title for a third time. And Usyk will wait for his chance to unify the belts against the winner of Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 on October 9.
This is the second time Anthony Joshua have lost a bout in his boxing career after a devastating loose to Andy Ruiz jr in 2019.