What’s Next for Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk?

Published 09/26/2021, 8:40 AM EDT
Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Oleksandr Usyk celebrates winning his fight against Anthony Joshua Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Oleksandr Usyk shook up the heavyweight division on Saturday night in London and denied fans the dream bout between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. It seemed just weeks away from being unofficially confirmed, but Usyk played spoiler as he outclassed Anthony Joshua for twelve rounds straight.

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Usyk, the former cruiserweight champion, demonstrated superior leg and head movement, as he looked the busier and more accurate fighter.

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

As Joshua will look to invoke the contractual rematch clause, Usyk will have to agree to it. Hence. we will get to watch the two heavyweights clash inside the ring yet again. Joshua will look to win his belts back as he did against ‘The Destroyer’ Andy Ruiz Jr. who put him in this exact position back in 2019.

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While Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua outclassed Ruiz in their rematch and won his belts back, will he be able to replicate such a performance against Oleksandr Usyk?

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Now the fight between Joshua and Tyson ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury may not take place. Hence, Fury has two options. Fight Usyk, or wait to fight the winner of the rematch. That is, assuming that he wins his fight against Deontay ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder, on October 9.

A new champion is crowned – Oleksandr Usyk

Many boxers and former champions were awestruck by Usyk’s performance on Saturday night. ‘The Golden Boy’ Oscar De La Hoya, ‘Showtime’ Shawn Porter, Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia are just some of the names that congratulated the Ukrainian on his win.

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In what will remain one of the biggest upsets in the heavyweight division, Usyk showed his class inside the ring. Anthony Joshua could not capitalize on his height and reach advantage against the shifty Ukrainian.

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Will Usyk be able to replicate his performance in the rematch, or will he opt to fight the WBC champion next? Or will Anthony Joshua come back stronger and win his belts back? Let us know.

Watch this story: Event Recap: Best Moments From Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk

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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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