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Oleksandr Usyk outworks Anthony Joshua to win WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight world titles

Oleksandr Usyk stood tall against Anthony Joshua for 12 rounds in London today.

Usyk (19-0-0 13 KOs) used a stinging left hand to earn a convincing unanimous decision win over Joshua (24-2-0, 22 KOs) at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London earlier today.

Usyk , 34, used his footwork and quickness to win the first three rounds coming his jab and combinations to keep the taller Joshua on the back foot. Joshua battled back with his right hand and right hook to win the next three rounds.

Joshua took advantage of some Usyk fatigue in the  eighth round to look like he might be on track to finish Usyk, but the Ukrainian used a second wind to endure. Then, Joshua suffered a broken right eye socket in the ninth round, after which he could no longer see Usyk’s left hand.

Joshua battled valiantly in the championship rounds but was outgunned in the last round in which Usyk came close to stopping him.

The judges scored it 117-112, 116-112, and 115-113.

The win gives the undefeated and unified heavyweight champion Usyk the opportunity to challenge the winner of the Oct. 9 fight between WBC champion Tyson Fury and ex-champion Deontay Wilder to become undisputed.

Wladimir Klitschko, a former heavyweight champion that Joshua beat in 2017 and Usyk’s countrymen, was ringside to watch the fight.

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KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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