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Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk LIVE RESULTS: Hearn talks up IMMEDIATE rematch, AJ eye socket injury – reaction

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

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.

And now the Olympic gold medallists could be on course for a massive money-spinning rematch.

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  • 'NOT MY HARDEST'

    Oleksandr Usyk has sensationally claimed his fight against Anthony Joshua was not the hardest of his career.

    Speaking about his gameplan, the Ukrainian said: “The plan was just to walk in, see, start, so we went in, saw and started.

    “In the 12th my corner said ‘speed up’ so I did and then they said ‘and the new’.

    “I tried to speed up and punched him a couple of times but I was losing my rhythm and my corner told me to slow down and throw my jab more because if I did not keep throwing my jab I would lose my rhythm.

    “This is the biggest fight in my career but it was not my hardest. I think that is in my future.”

  • FURY ROAD

    Oleksandr Usyk has his sights set on the undisputed heavyweight title as he fired a warning shot in Tyson Fury’s direction.

    And the new champ claimed he would face Anthony Joshua ‘in space’ if he had to in order to make a rematch happen.

    When asked by iFL TV if he wanted to face WBC-holder Fury for the undisputed title, Usyk said simply: “Of course.

    “And I’ll fight (Anthony Joshua) even in space.”

  • BULLY TACTICS

    Carl has told Anthony Joshua to forget about an Oleksandr Usyk rematch unless he rips up his gameplan and returns to being a bully.

    “I thought AJ would get going and impose his advantages more,” he said

    “The bigger size and reach and 19lbs.

    “If you want to beat a top boxer you don’t box him, you fight him, don’t play them at their own game because then you give them all the advantages.

    “AJ did that, he tried to box with Usyk and he is too good. I would have liked a stronger start from AJ but Usyk is a magician.

    “He can start quicker and stronger in the rematch and get rough but the way Usyk finished the fight worries me because he could have relaxed and instead he took him on and tried to finish him.

    “That told me he did to show him what could be coming in the rematch

    “What a fighter Usyk is, I have to say I don’t fancy AJ in the rematch, he has to seriously change his tactics and his gameplan and get rough early.

    “Apparently he has said he wants the rematch straight away but I think he needs to sleep on it and look over at what he did wrong and what he can improve on.”

  • GOTTA BE JOSHING

    Dillian Whyte didn't hold back on his assessment of Anthony Joshua's performance against Oleksandr Usyk, after the British boxer was beaten by unanimous decision.

    The Body Snatcher accused AJ of being "gun-shy" and said he "lacked ambition" in an outburst on BBC 5 Live.

    Whyte said: "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 even 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."

  • OVER AND OUT

    Tyson Fury's promoter Frank Warren has no doubt who would've won if it was his fighter stepping into the ring against Anthony Joshua last night and Oleksandr Usyk.

    In fact, Warren believes the fight wouldn't have lasted more than four rounds.

    “Tyson Fury would have destroyed him inside three or four rounds," Warren told the MailOnline.

    “Tyson has great footwork, a great chin and his hands are as fast as Usyk’s and he is bigger – he would have destroyed Joshua.”

  • MUST WIN

    Former professional Spencer Oliver believes Anthony Joshua HAS to win his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk or face being frozen out of the picture in the heavyweight division.

    He told talkSPORT: “Joshua has lost all of his belts, so he is in a position where he needs to reclaim them, otherwise he is out of the mix.

    “You’ve got October 9, Tyson Fury versus Deontay Wilder, they are fighting for the WBC belt and this was effectively a semi-final for the undisputed heavyweight world titles.

    “So you had a scenario where the winners would go on and box for the undisputed – a fight that we have wanted to see now for a couple of years.

    “It hasn’t happened and it’s been frustrating and now Joshua, after losing all his belts, finds himself in a position where he needs to win his next contest or else he is completely out of picture.”

  • 'S*** YOURSELF'

    Eddie Hearn squared up to a fan who called him a 'p***y' after Anthony Joshua's loss to Oleksandr Usyk.

    The Matchroom promoter was making his way back to the dressing rooms when the altercation occurred, with footage emerging of a cowardly fan yelling at the 42-year-old before he turned around and confronted the yob.

    Footage has surfaced online of Hearn walking behind Joshua on their way back into the bowels of the stadium, in which a man can be heard shouting: "Oi Eddie, you p***y!"

    Essex-based Hearn quickly span around with an angry look on his face and approached the perpetrator.

    And he said: "What did you say? What did you say? Yeah, you s*** yourself now."

    The clip appears to show Hearn calling the man a 'p***y' in return but it is not totally clear.

    Hearn turned and made his way back to the changing rooms after the incident and men behind the camera could be heard laughing.

    Watch Eddie Hearn square up to fan after being called ‘p***y’ immediately after Anthony Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk
  • FRANK TALK

    In another interview with the MailOnline however, Frank Warren revealed a possible bout with Tyson Fury could still happen.

    And Warren said AJ should NOT take on Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch.

    Warren said: “He shouldn’t go anywhere near Usyk - he will never beat him.

    “In terms of fighting Tyson Fury, it can happen. Joshua losing has taken away the belts and he is damaged goods now.

    “But people would still buy into that fight. It can happen and it can happen in the UK.

    “He shouldn’t have a rematch with Usyk. I wouldn’t even think about it if I was him.”

  • CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS

    Anthony Joshua lost all of the final four rounds of the fight on all three judges' scorecards last night.

    But until then the scores were level on two scorecards at four rounds apiece, with Brit judge Howard Foster scoring the fight five rounds to three in favour of AJ.

    And Hearn has said: “I was just looking at the scorecards then, he was winning the fight through eight rounds.

    “Then he lost every round; nine, ten, eleven, twelve – on every scorecard. That was what swung the scorecards, but they are the championship rounds.

    “That’s where Usyk came strong, that’s what he did where he did wear down his opponent – probably mentally as well.

    “He won those key championship rounds.”

  • NOT HAPPENING

    Anthony Joshua's super-fight with Tyson Fury is in doubt of AJ's loss Oleksandr Usyk last night.

    And Fury's promoter Frank Warren doesn't think a fight is on the cards any time soon.

    He told BBC Sport: "I don’t see it happening now.

    "If it did happen, what would Tyson have done to him? It wouldn’t have gone 12 rounds. Tyson would have destroyed him. Absolutely.

    "The unification fight was there, such a big fight. Heartbreaking. What would Tyson Fury had done to Joshua? A better chin, bigger puncher."

  • IMMEDIATE REACTION

    Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said the camp were “gutted” at the defeat and admitted Joshua got the fight wrong in the immediate aftermath of the bout.

    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.”

  • OL TOO EASY

    Punch stats from last night's bout show Usyk was in control throughout the 12 rounds despite British judge Howard Foster scoring AJ ahead after eight rounds.

    But it was Usyk who landed more punches, bigger punches, and it was the Ukrainian who was more efficient with his shots.

    He could have floored AJ in the 12th with a barrage of shots, landing a total of 29 punches in the final round - the most the Brit has ever faced in a single round.

    Despite the reach disadvantage, Usyk was more effective with his jab, landing 52 out of the 309 he threw - or 17 per cent.

    Joshua landed the same number but had over a hundred more attempts than his opponent with 427.

    But AJ threw less power punches - 214 compared to Usyk's 220 - and landed just 71 to the Ukrainian's 96.

  • SHOULD HAVE SWERVED HIM

    And Hearn went on to say that Anthony Joshua could have benefitted from avoiding Usyk's challenge.

    He said: "Maybe we should have swerved him and just put the belt in the bin, but that’s not what AJ is about.

    “I come back to giving him credit, I hope people do. I’ve seen people criticising, but he has consistently proved that he is willing to take all comers.

    “And I think he should be applauded for fighting Oleksandr Usyk – twice.”

  • POUND-FOR-POUND GREAT

    Eddie Hearn believes Oleksandr Usyk is one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

    When asked where Hearn ranked Usyk, Hearn said: “Two, after Canelo.

    “I mean, when he was at cruiserweight, everyone called him a top five pound-for-pound.

    “But then when he went to heavyweight, he went off everyone’s radar. After that win, he has to be on everyone’s top pound-for-pound.

    “When you go through the resume; beating Huck in Germany, Gassiev in Russia, Brieidis in Latvia, Bellew in Manchester, Chisora in London and then Joshua – it is unbelievable.

  • CASTILLO CLEAR

    Lenin Castillo has been given the all-clear after his brain scan on Saturday night.

    The boxer was rushed to hospital after he was brutally knocked out by Callum Smith on the Joshua vs Usyk undercard but he has thankfully been medically cleared by doctors.

    Commentators and fans inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium were stunned into silence after Castillo was floored in the second round.

    Castillo's legs were shaking as he hit the deck, and medics immediately rushed into the ring.

    He was given oxygen as he was rushed to hospital. But fortunately he has received a positive prognosis.

  • REMATCH CLAUSE

    With a rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk on the cards, the Ukrainian fighter has revealed he wants their second bout to be in Ukraine.

    He said: "I would love to have the rematch at Olympiyskiy Stadium in Kiev.

    Promoter Eddie Hearn however played down suggestions of a fight taking place in Usyk's home country.

    He said: "We will work together to maximise [the income], Ukraine is very unlikely.

    "I think it will be international or the UK, I would think it would be in the UK."

  • STICK THE KNIFE IN

    World champ Tyson Fury's team has mocked British rival Anthony Joshua by insisting he's 'still the best heavyweight on the planet'.

    MTK Global Boxing - Fury's management team - tweeted on Sunday morning: "And STILL the best heavyweight on the planet."

    The tweet was accompanied with a picture of Fury, 33, with his WBC and Ring heavyweight titles.

    Fans have been divided on which British fighter is the best, although that argument - for the time being, at least - appears to have been settled.

  • OFFICIAL GATE

    Spurs have confirmed 66,267 fans attended last night's fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    It's a new attendance record for the stadium.

  • MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA, BERLIN

    Maybe the two camps will have to meet in the middle.

    If Usyk is determined to be the ‘home’ fighter but a winter date makes Ukraine impossible, he could follow in the footsteps of his heroes the Klitschko brothers.

    The Ukrainians made Germany their home during their glittering careers - Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena has previously hosted UFC events and could be an option.

  • DIRIYAH ARENA, SAUDI ARABIA

    If the date calls for warmer climes, could AJ head back to the desert?

    The Brit faced Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia’s purpose-built Diriyah Arena the last time he had to win back his belts.

    Or perhaps Hearn could tempt another oil-rich state to host - Qatar’s brand new Lusail Iconic Stadium was mentioned for Joshua v Fury.

  • KIEV, UKRAINE

    Usyk now holds Joshua’s belts and all the aces when it comes to negotiations over a possible venue.

    The Ukrainian wants to fight in front of home fans - tricky for a February/March date when temperatures plunge to well below freezing in Kiev.

    Usyk has previously fought indoors at the 10,000-capacity Palace of Sports.

    Kiev’s Olympic Stadium is an option and hosted the 2018 Champions League final, but that would surely mean a summer date would have to be found.

  • O2 ARENA, LONDON

    Few would doubt Hearn’s ability to sell out the Principality even with Joshua as the underdog, but there is a homecoming option.

    Joshua made his name at London’s O2 Arena with a series of brutal knockouts against the likes of Dillian Whyte and Dominic Breazeale.

    And after the uncertain performance at Spurs’ home ground on Saturday, maybe it’s time for AJ to go back to the safety of what he knows.

  • PRINCIPALITY STADIUM, CARDIFF

    AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearne has already given two clues - he wants a date in February or March next year and is eyeing a UK location.

    For that, he’s going to need an indoor venue. Cardiff’s Principality Stadium has a retractable roof, 78,000 capacity, and hosted Joshua’s fights with Carlos Takem and Joseph Parker.

    Just one problem - Wales play three home games at the Principality in next spring’s Six Nations. That wraps up on March 19th.

  • WHERE NEXT?

    Anthony Joshua had hardly taken off his gloves before signalling he would trigger the rematch clause in his contract with Oleksandr Usyk.

    But where will their next bout be?

    Eddie Hearn has hinted at a fight in either February or March next year, with a number of possible venues on the cards.

    So let's take a look at where they could be.

  • BODY SNATCHER

    Dillian Whyte has let rip at AJ after his points defeat to the Ukrainian in London on last night.

    The Body Snatcher told BBC 5 Live: "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 even 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."

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