WATCH: Oleksandr Usyk Returns Anthony Joshua’s Titles After Massive Win

Published 09/26/2021, 7:33 AM EDT


Oleksandr Usyk shocked the world on Saturday night as he dominated Anthony Joshua for 12 straight rounds and claimed his belts. However, after the fight got over and the boxers were back in their dressing rooms, Usyk displayed great sportsmanship.

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The Ukrainian personally went and gave Anthony Joshua his belts back in his changing room. This action proved that they seem to have left their feud in the ring. At the post-fight interaction, both pugilists also spoke highly of each other.

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Usyk has won three fights since moving to the heavyweight division back in 2019. Following his run to the undisputed belt at cruiserweight, fans expected big things from him and he did not disappoint.

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With his win against Anthony Joshua, Usyk has become the unified champion at heavyweight and needs one more belt to become undisputed. However, before that, he will have to defend his throne.

As Joshua will now invoke the reach clause that was a part of his contract against Usyk, it means we will get to watch Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua vs Oleksandr ‘The Cat’ Usyk II very soon.

Anthony Joshua will ‘bounce back’ after loss to Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua took the loss in his stride and acknowledged how good of a fighter Usyk really is. As the Ukrainian is one of the best southpaws in the game, Joshua knew that Usyk would probably give him one of the toughest fights of his career. However, he also seems confident that he will bounce back and win the rematch.

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After the fight, Joshua said, “I’m a different kind of animal. I’m not a sulker. This is a blessed opportunity, to be able to fight for the heavyweight title of the world, fight good fighters time and time again and for people to come out. I’m not going to be going home and be crying about it, because this is war. It’s a long process. This isn’t just one fight and then I’m done.”  

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After round one was in London, the champion is keen to have round two in his backyard. Per Michael Benson, Usyk wants the second fight in Kiev.

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Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, believe this fight was just a setback from which ‘AJ’ will bounce back and redeem himself. Matchroom Boxing has not set the date for the rematch yet, however, it promises to be a spectacular fight.

Who do you think will win the rematch? And when do you think it will take place?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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