Usyk remained the champion. You’re not strong, Joshua said after dropping his belts – Combat Sports / MMA – Sports

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk defeated Briton Anthony Joshua 2:1 on points (115:113, 116:112, 113:115) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and defended the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles.

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Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua after a duel.

After the second matchup, he asked for a duel with Joshua’s compatriot Tyson Fury, which would unify all the belts.

“I’m sure Fury isn’t done yet and wants to fight me. And I want to wrestle with him. If I won’t fight with Fury, I won’t fight with anyone,” he said after the fight in the ring.

Even in the 20th fight, he did not find a defeater, he dedicated his successful defense to Ukraine and its defenders, in addition to his family.

His defeated opponent became emotional, taking two belts in his hands to throw them to the ground. He then left the ring, but returned and told Usyk:

“I don’t care about strength, I care about skills. Power doesn’t win in boxing, skill does. Aren’t you strong, how did you beat me? I have character and determination. You beat me with skills!”

Joshua then praised his opponent. “He is a phenomenal boxer. The fact that he beat me in this form is proof of what he sacrificed for it.”

He also talked about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“I’ve been studying Ukraine and all the champions from your wonderful country, but I haven’t been there yet. What’s going on there… I don’t know what’s going on, but it’s not good,” said the Brit, prompting the audience to applaud what Usyk was able to do in such a situation.

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As we reported, 35-year-old Usyk fought for his native Ukraine at the beginning of the Russian invasion, later his homeland and was preparing for revenge.

He emphasized that he did not want to leave Ukraine, but the wounded Ukrainian soldiers he visited in the hospital asked him to return to the ring. He announced that he would return to Ukraine immediately after the fight with Joshua.

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Source: Pravda – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by sport.pravda.sk.

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