Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk LIVE RESULTS: AJ suffers 'suspected damaged eye socket' in loss – latest reaction

ANTHONY JOSHUA has been beaten by Oleksandr Usyk with a unanimous points defeat.

Usyk boxed beautifully at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, winning 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 on the judges scorecards to take AJ's WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles.

The Ukrainian sensation finished the fight putting AJ under enormous pressure and had the Briton rocked on the final bell.

AJ suffered a suspected damaged eye socket in the brutal defeat, though he was not taken to hospital.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    REMATCH OR BUST

    Anthony Joshua must trigger his rematch clause against Oleksandr Usyk or risk NEVER having the chance to win the world championship belts back.

    That is according to AJ's Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn who 'cannot see another option'.

    Asked if he would advise AJ to take the rematch, Hearn said: "Yeah because at the end of the day, what are you going to do?

    "Are you going to go and have a ten-rounder or fight an interim bout?

    "Ultimately if he doesn't accept the rematch clause, he will not get a chance to win his world championships back… possibly ever the way this game works."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    'WHO IS AJ?'

    George Foreman has claimed Anthony Joshua looked scared and forgot who he was as a fighter against Oleksandr Usyk.

    The heavyweight great was unimpressed by what he saw as Joshua was outboxed by his southpaw rival on Saturday night.

    He wrote on Twitter: “Saw the Joshua/Usyk fight: AJ seemed afraid? 

    “He lost his identity. (Should I be cautious (go 12) attack with my power?) 

    “Usyk typical southpaw ‘if you won’t hit me I’ll be awkward and hit you’. Something’s wrong, not AJ he took his punishments. Who are you AJ?”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    KNOCKOUT NO

    New unified heavyweight champ Oleksandr Usyk has sensationally claimed he was talked out of knocking out Anthony Joshua.

    Usyk looked close to deliver a knockout blow in the 12th, with Joshua slumped on the ropes completely exhausted.

    But the new champ says he was simply following team orders.

    Speaking after his stunning triumph, the 34 year old said: "This means a lot to me.

    "The fight went exactly the way I expected it to go. There was times when Anthony pushed me hard but nothing special.

    "I had no objective to knock him out. My corner pushed me not to do that.

    "My trainer said no and to stick to my job."

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    'IT WAS BAD'

    Anthony Joshua could not see out of his right eye from the ninth round during his battering by Oleksandr Usyk.

    AJ admitted after that he couldn't see which was a new experience for him.

    He said: "It was bad at one stage but it's getting a lot better now. From the ninth I couldn't see. I couldn't see anything really.

    "My eye was shut but it was a good experience because in adversity you've just got to learn to control yourself and stay on top of things.

    "So when I couldn't see anything…

    "It's the first time it's happened in a fight so I was thinking 'ok cool, this is the first time my eye has closed in a fight, I can't see nothing, I'm looking out of one eye'.

    "But it got better as the rounds went on, and we'll be back."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    'KEEP POSITIVE'

    Anthony Joshua has vowed to 'keep positive' after being stunned by Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in London last night.

    In a dressing room selfie, a bruised AJ flexed his bicep and wrote: "Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you!

    "London I love you & thank you each and every time!"

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FURY FIGHT

    Anthony Joshua has said he will fight Tyson Fury 'without the belts' after last night's defeat.

    Boxing fans had been anticipating a unification bout with Fury, until Oleksandr Usyk upset the odds last night.

    In his post-fight press conference, AJ said: "The road to undisputed and all that stuff, it's good.

    "As I said, I'll fight Tyson Fury, Wilder, 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 have and a nice title to chase.

    "But would you still watch it, without the belts? That's the main thing – is you've got two competitive fighters in the ring from UK soil, that just want to go toe-to-toe."

    Credit: PA
  • Alex Terrell

    FROCH: AJ SHOCKED

    Carl Froch, the former super-middleweight world champion, believed Usyk was worth his victory.

    He said: "All the boxing purists who know the game, we always knew Oleksandr Usyk could outperform AJ, outbox 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 times, but it wasn't enough, he simply wasn't good enough."

  • Alex Terrell

    EDD SCRATCHER

    Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn said the camp were "gutted" at the defeat and admitted Joshua got the fight wrong.

    Hearn said: "We have obviously been here before, but this time we are here against a pound-for-pound great fighter.

    "The (Andy) Ruiz defeat was difficult to take because it was a shock to the system.

    "This is one we knew could happen if he didn't get it right, and he didn't get it right.

    "I don't think AJ boxed a great fight tonight, Usyk boxed an excellent fight.

    "It was all the things we worried about in the fight before, the over-thinking, trying to stand and box with him, and he took too many shots early.

    "Usyk went through the gears and was a bit more aggressive than I thought he was going to be. He was the deserved winner tonight."

  • Alex Terrell

    SHOOT-OUT TIME

    Whyte will next face Otto Wallin on October 30 at the O2, but vowed he would have a "shoot-out" with Usyk if ever given an opportunity.

    He added: "I have to go through Wallin first, after we will see.

    "But I tell you what, I will not be losing to an overall decision like that, I can tell you that now.

    "I will go out and I will have a shoot-out – if I get knocked out, I get knocked out, but I will have a shoot-out, I am not getting out boxed over 12 rounds like that, no chance."

  • Alex Terrell

    WHYTE AND WRONG

    Former British heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte accused Anthony Joshua of lacking ambition after he lost his heavyweight titles in a crushing defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.

    Usyk claimed a stunning unanimous decision win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after the judges scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 confirmed a dominant victory.

    Whyte, 33, told BBC Radio 5Live: "I said if Joshua tried to box he was always going to lose.”

    "If he had come out and bullied him and pushed the pace and let his hands go he could have knocked him out in the first round.

    "But he came out and was being too negative, he seemed like a gun-shy fighter. You are the bigger man, have a go.

    "I don't know, he lacked ambition in the ring there tonight.

    "The first round, Usyk landed the first strong blow and Joshua was a negative fighter.

    “He got tagged with a left and he was worried the whole time."

  • James Orr

    JOSHUA VS USYK LATEST

    Anthony Joshua suffered a suspected damaged eye socket in his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    AJ had his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles taken away from him as Usyk won by a unanimous points triumph.

    Though Joshua said in his post-fight press conference he wants the rematch next.

    AJ said: "I have already watched some of the fight and seen where I went wrong and thought of ways I can improve.

    "I don’t care about being the underdog, the belts don’t represent me, I just want to go in there improved, smarter and stronger and I believe I get a win from what I learned in this fight."

    Eddie Hearn also said Joshua has spoken to him about the rematch, with a clause in the fight contract giving him the option.

    Hearn said: “This is his life. He lives and breathes boxing. Boxing saves him and made him.

    “When you fall out of love with it, that’s when it’s time to walk away from the sport.

    “For me, that was an average performance from Anthony Joshua. He can do so much better in that fight, but he’s facing a pound-for-pound great.”

  • James Orr

    PREM STARS

    Premier League and England stars Mason Mount and Declan Rice were in attendance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Anthony Joshua's loss to Oleksandr Usyk.

    The pair enjoyed mixtures fortunes earlier in the day with Mount's Chelsea losing to Man City but Rice's West Ham pulling off a last-minute win at Leeds.

  • James Orr

    HEARN CONTINUED

    Hearn has revealed AJ only wants an immediate rematch for his belts.

    The promoter said: "If he does not take the immediate rematch he might never get a chance to fight for them again.

    "I don’t see another option, he will not want a 10 rounder at the o2 and he should be commended for that.

    "That's what he does, he wants to be remembered as that kind of fighter."

  • James Orr

    'USYK INFILTRATES YOUR BRAIN'

    Promoter Eddie Hearn said about new champ Oleksandr Usyk after the fight: "Usyk infiltrates your brain with what he might do and how good he is.

    "Maybe AJ respected him too much."

  • James Orr

    JOSHUA: I'LL BE BACK

    Anthony Joshua continued in his post-fight press conference: "I will come back again, pick up where I left off and be better.

    "I don’t look at the weight I just look at whatever happens in sparring and adapt my training from that, the weight sorts itself from that."

  • James Orr

    'KEEP POSITIVE'

    Anthony Joshua spoke on Twitter in the aftermath of his devastating defeat by Oleksandr Usyk.

    He tweeted: “Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you! London I love you & thank you each and every time!”

  • James Orr

    JOSHUA VS USYK

    Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua embraced backstage after the brutal main event.

    Usyk later returned Joshua's belts to him before he's sent his ones.

    Credit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing
  • James Orr

    JOSHUA SPEAKS

    Anthony Joshua has just spoken at the post-fight press conference at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and revealed he could not see from the ninth round.

    But he says he "100%" wants the rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.

    AJ said: "What went wrong? I just took a loss, I could not see from the 9th round, my eye was shut but it was a good experience.

    "In adversity you have to learn to control yourself, it was the first time it had happened to me, i was only looking out of one eye.

    "I want it 100 percent it was a good 12 rounder and it will help me get better."

  • James Orr

    JOSHUA VS USYK

    Oleksandr Usyk broke down in tears as his name was read out as the new world heavyweight champion.

    A stunning performance by the Ukrainian.

    And he's now the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight world champion.

    Credit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
  • James Orr

    HEARN CONTINUED

    "No one could convince him [AJ] otherwise, he needs to make changes and do better.

    "Usyk will now be a favourite [for the rematch]. 

    "AJ was worn down physically and mentally and he won in the championship rounds.

    "It will not definitely be in the UK but Ukraine is very unlikely.

    "I don’t think he has fractured his eye socket, he said he could not see out of it from the ninth."

  • James Orr

    EDDIE HEARN SPEAKING

    Hearn just now in the post-fight press conference: "This is easier to take than Ruiz because we know how good Usyk is.

    "We thought AJ would steam through everyone and it was a bolt from the blue.

    "Here he was beaten by a better man and that is sport.

    "He is a deep thinker and he will beat himself for a little while because he dedicates himself the to the sport but this will cut him deep.

    "We are gutted but more understanding at high level sport."

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    For the second time in little more than two years, Anthony Joshua had his world titles ripped from his grasp. 

    And this time they will not be so easily reclaimed, writes Dave Kidd.

    Britain’s WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion was comprehensively out-boxed by the cunning Ukrainian southpaw Oleksandr Usyk.

    Joshua lost a unanimous and indisputable decision, as a crackling atmosphere at Tottenham Hotspur’s magnificent stadium descended into near-silence, the judges’ verdicts met by not even a murmur of dissent.  

    The chance of Joshua ever fighting fellow Brit Tyson Fury for the undisputed title – a contest which came close to fruition this summer – now looks extremely remote. 

    Unlike pretty much every petrol station in London, Usyk simply refused to run out of gas, as Joshua failed to make his superior strength tell. 

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Anthony Joshua has spoken out for the first time since defeat to Oleksnadr Usyk.

    He tweeted: "Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you! London I love you & thank you each and every time!"

  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua embrace backstage and could end up rematching.

    Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “The fighter in AJ is already talking about ‘I’ll win the rematch, I’ll win the rematch’.

    “Usyk was the deserved winner and he’s got to make changes in the rematch.

    “He will want to go straight back into that rematch, he will be an underdog in the rematch this time after tonight.

    “This is his life. He lives and breathes boxing. Boxing saves him and made him.

    “When you fall out of love with it, that’s when it’s time to walk away from the sport.

    “For me, that was an average performance from Anthony Joshua. He can do so much better in that fight, but he’s facing a pound-for-pound great.”

    Credit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing
  • Jack Figg

    ANTHONY JOSHUA v OLEKSANDR USYK

    Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua pose together after 12 excellent rounds of heavyweight boxing.

    Promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted: "Great fight, always hard to lose but congratulations @usykaa on a hell of a performance."

    Credit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing

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