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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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  • '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."

  • '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!"

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • 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. 

  • 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!"

  • 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.”

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