Mike Tyson Explains How Oleksandr Usyk “F**ked Up” Anthony Joshua

Published 10/02/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 25: Mike Tyson speaks onstage during the “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truthts” panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour – Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


Last weekend, Anthony Joshua locked horns with the sternest opponent of his career in Oleksandr Usyk. Many boxing purists and fans believed Joshua would finish Usyk in 10 rounds. But to everyone’s surprise, the fight went till the last bell and the underdog came on top with a win.

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Millions of fans were left disheartened by the fight results. But, in terms of entertainment, this contest truly lived up to the buzz.

Recently, Mike Tyson spoke to Es News about this fight and Usyk’s performance. Giving the most concise statement on Usyk’s performance, he said, ‘‘I thought he was really fast and his speed was anything that f**ked up Joshua.”

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Usyk knew that Joshua’s previous opponents had made the mistake of not moving around the ring. Hence, right from the first bell itself, the Ukrainian fighting star moved extremely fast and used the entire ring space.

With his swift movements, Usyk also came up with some fiery punches to reach Joshua’s head and body. Overall, he struck Joshua with his solid left hand several times.

If there was any other boxer instead of Joshua, Usyk would have finished the same with a T/KO. But, the Brit kept the fight going, and he had a few moments in rounds 5 and 6 of the bout. However, this wasn’t enough for him to win the fight.

Can Anthony Joshua bounce back in the rematch?

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Anthony Joshua will undoubtedly exercise the rematch clause and this fight might materialize by the first half of 2022.

Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua reacts after his fight against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

More than anyone, he himself wants to get back inside the ring again to reclaim his hard-earned belts. As he has been in a situation like this before, the ex-champ truly knows how to conduct himself in high-pressure matches.

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He claimed that he had identified his flaws. Hence, he will look to focus solely on ironing them out ahead of the next match. That being said, he has every ability to bounce back in the rematch.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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