AJ/Usyk Sunday. DAZN
Usyk made a liar outta me.  I thought he had NO chance.  And Usyk getting a decision in the UK?  Against AJ?  Unbelievable.  I thought the fight was closer than the two judges said (116-112 and 117-112).  Third judge had it about right, 115-113.  Man, Hearn and Wilder and Fury are sh**ting themselves.
If Fury busy enough and still in his prime he beats everone. But he has to be looking over his shoulder at Usyk.
Great fight by Usyk, and was surprised to see scores reflected the performance which was a concern especially after that campbell hatton gift.
AJ was mentally beaten very early- he was able to make adjustments for Ruiz 2 but not sure what he can do in this rematch apart from through caution to the wind and pray for a KO
Re-watched the fight, especially the last round. Just as I saw in the first viewing, the fight was stopped with about 6 seconds to go with AJ all but knocked down, leaning on the ropes. I watched the clock, and there were 8 seconds to go. Two seconds later, the fight was waived off. At first, I thought the fight was stopped. But no, the bell just sounded earlier than the clock.

Great morning of boxing. Okolie looked the goods. The Smith KO was alarming against Costello, as his whole body was spasming.
Okolie smashes Prasovic in three

WBO cruiserweight world champion Lawrence Okolie (17-0, 14 KOs) won by impressive third round KO against previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Dilan Prasovic (15-1, 12 KOs) in the Joshua-Usyk co-feature on Saturday night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Okolie dropped Prasovic with a right hand in round two. A body shot in round three put Prasovic down for the count. Time was 1:57.
Joshua-Usyk Undercard Results

Former WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith (28-1, 20 KOs), now campaigning at light heavyweight, laid out Lenin Castillo (21-4-1, 16 KOs), with a massive right hand in round two on the Joshua-Usyk undercard on Saturday night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. The punch seemed to short circuit Castillo, who shook uncontrollably after going down. He was taken out on a stretcher.

Lightweight Campbell Hatton (4-0, 0 KOs), son of Ricky Hatton, got a controversial six round gift decision against late sub Sonny Martinez (2-5, 0 KOs). British referee Marcus McDonnell somehow scored it 58-57 for Hatton.

‘The Albanian King’ Florian Marku (9-0-1, 6 KOs) dethroned IBF International welterweight titleholder Maxim Prodan (19-1-1, 15 KOs) by ten round split decision. Scores were 97-93, 96-94 Marku and 99-91 Prodan.

Unbeaten Chicago Middleweight Christopher Ousley (13-0, 9 KOs) took a ten round majority decision over Khasan Baysangurov (21-2, 11 KOs) for the WBA Intercontinental title. Scores were 95-95, 97-94, 97-94.
Joshua beaten by Ukraine’s Usyk to relinquish heavyweight title

Slumped helplessly on the ropes, Anthony Joshua greeted the final bell — and what he knew was the end of his second reign as world heavyweight champion — with a wry smile.

Oleksandr Usyk knew it, too, dropping to his knees and looking to the sky.

In just his third fight since stepping up from the cruiserweight division, Usyk delivered a clinic in movement and fast punching to claim a unanimous points win over Joshua in front of 66,267 stunned fans inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Saturday.

Usyk became the third man, after Evander Holyfield and David Haye, to win world titles at cruiserweight then heavyweight. Six years after Wladimir Klitschko’s long heavyweight reign ended, Ukraine has another champion in boxing’s marquee division.

“The fight went exactly as I expected it to go,” Usyk said through a translator. “There were a couple of moments when Anthony pushed me hard but nothing special.”

After the judges scored the fight 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 in favour of the 34-year-old Usyk, Joshua — sporting a closed right eye — walked over to Usyk’s corner and congratulated the Ukrainian's team.

Dominated by a smaller, lighter and much faster opponent, Joshua lost his WBA, WBO and IBF titles for a second time — more than two years after a defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. in New York that he immediately avenged in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua will have the chance to do the same thing — there is a rematch clause in the deal with Usyk — in a bid to keep alive his ultimate goal: To become undisputed champion. The British public, who have followed Joshua's journey from Olympic champion through to world champion, was hoping for an all-British fight against WBC champion Tyson Fury to unify the four belts.

That looks fanciful now, though. Usyk was comfortably the more assured fighter, his reflexes drawing gasps from the pro-Joshua crowd and his lightning-quick punch off his left hand repeatedly connecting.

Joshua just didn't see the punches coming, like in the third round when his head was rocked back by a straight left before the Briton wobbled after a left hook flush on the jaw.

Like in the ninth, when another left from Usyk caught Joshua, who nodded to the challenger as the bell went.

And especially in a sensational final round when the disparity between the fighters was at its biggest as Usyk unleashed a flurry of punches — from his left and right — that saw Joshua staggering backward onto the ropes. Indeed, he was saved by the bell.

Joshua couldn't see out of his right eye from the ninth round.

“I had no objective to knock him out because my corner pushed me not to do that,” Usyk said. “At the start, I hit him and tried to knock him out but my trainer said, ‘Just stop and do your job.’"

Usyk stepped up to heavyweight in 2019 after unifying all the cruiserweight belts, and now has 19 straight wins as a professional.

His energy levels were remarkable, as shown in the final round and then after the result was announced as Usyk — an eccentric — entertained the crowd with an acrobatic dance inside the ring.

Joshua fell to the second loss of his 25-fight pro career, this time to a man who followed him — just a day later — as Olympic champion at the London Games in 2012. His career is at a crossroads again.

“I'm not going to be going home tonight, crying about it,” Joshua said. “Because this is war. I can't sulk. That is wasting time.”

And there will be a rematch.

“Oh, 100 per cent ... 110 per cent,” Joshua said.

Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, said it will likely take place in February or March, and preferably in Britain.
Usyk wants rematch in Ukraine

Newly crowned WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk spoke to reporters after dethroning Anthony Joshua Saturday night in London.

[Does this win top all others in his career?]

No victory in the professionals can be above the Olympic gold.

[Was this his most difficult fight?]

At this point, it was the biggest fight of my career, but it wasn’t the hardest.

[What was?]

I can’t say. Most likely it’s ahead of us.

[Did he ever try to knock out Joshua?]

I tried a few times. I put my speed into it. I punched him a couple of times, but then I was losing my rhythm. My corner was saying ‘hey, you’re trying to knock him down. You have to do your work. You have to throw your jab because if you concentrate on knocking him out, you’re going to lose your rhythm.’

[Will Joshua enforce the rematch clause?]

He’s a true warrior. He’s a fighter. He’ll improve his skills. I can’t really say whether he will or not, but I think he probably will.

[Who does he want to fight?]

I like challenges, but since we have the rematch clause in our contract, Anthony Joshua is our next opponent…I would love to have the rematch in the Olimpiski Stadium in Kiev.
Joshua: We’ll be doing it all again soon

Former WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua sounded upbeat when he spoke to reporters after losing his work titles to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night in London.

“Well done to the winner. We’ll be back again. Get back into training. Great twelve rounds, great experience in the ring, and then we progress from this point on once again so we’ll be doing it all again soon.

“I couldn’t see in the ninth round. I couldn’t see anything really. But it was a good experience because in adversity you just gotta learn to control yourself. Stay on top of things.

“When I couldn’t see anything, it’s the first time it’s happened in a fight. I was thinking ‘all right, cool…this is the first time my eye’s closed up in a fight. I can’t see anything and I’m looking out of one eye.’ But it got better as the rounds went on.

“We’ll be back 100 (percent). I’m ready to get back to training. Because of the twelve rounds, my lungs and everything, it was a good twelve-rounder so I’ll be in a good place when I get back into training to pick up where we left off.

“He’s got good pace but he still gets hit, you know? He gets hit a lot and in the rematch, we’ll just learn how to hit him more and be more concussive with our punch selection.

“I never tend to look at the opponent. I just tend to look at myself and realize where I went wrong. So it’s not so much what he did, it’s the opportunities I gave him. So it’s not so much him, I’m just going to go back and look at myself and correct my wrongs.

“The road to undisputed and all that stuff is good. As I said, I’ll fight Tyson Fury, Wilder whatnot, without the belts. The belts are fun, it’s great, it’s legacy, but with or without the belts I’ll fight whoever. The road to undisputed is a nice title to chase, but would you still watch it without the belts?”

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