Oleksandr Usyk insists the sensational win over Anthony Joshua went EXACTLY as he predicted, while warning I can get much better after becoming the new heavyweight world champion
- Oleksandr Usyk is the new unified heavyweight world champion
- The Ukrainian gave a masterclass for 65,000 fans on Saturday evening
- Outclassed Anthony Joshua ended the match slumped against the ropes
Oleksandr Usyk warned ‘I can do much better’ after dethroning Anthony Joshua with an incredible performance on Saturday night.
The Ukrainian gave up three inches in height and four in reach, as well as nearly 20 pounds in weight, but the former undisputed world cruiserweight champion’s technical acumen emerged in an electric atmosphere.
Usyk gave a masterclass in front of 65,000 fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, surpassing Joshua in 12 rounds and hurting the defending champion on several occasions.
Oleksandr Usyk is the new unified heavyweight world champion after beating Anthony Joshua
Afterwards he said: ‘The fight went exactly as I expected. There were a few moments when Anthony pushed me hard, but nothing out of the ordinary.
“I didn’t mean to knock him out because my trainers pushed me not to. At first I hit him hard and tried to knock him out, but my trainers told me to stop and just do my job.
“All I wanted to do with this battle was praise my Lord, Jesus Christ, five times and say that everything comes from him.
The Ukrainian gave a masterclass in front of 65,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
“Today, 12 years ago, my wife said yes to me, today I am doubly happy.”
Joshua finished the fight against the ropes as his smaller foe looked for a dramatic finish and while it wasn’t imminent, Usyk claimed the WBA, IBF and WBO titles after getting the nod from all three judges.
Scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 were just a reward after a near-masterclass by the undefeated Usyk, who became only the third fighter after Evander Holyfield and David Haye to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight.
Joshua, who was forced to take on mandatory WBO challenger Usyk after a fight against Fury fell through earlier this year, appeared to accept the result as the scores came as he just suffered the second loss of his career.
Joshua finished the battle against the ropes as he suffered his second professional loss
Usyk says the fight went exactly as expected and warned he can only improve
Joshua was hurt several times, especially in the closing seconds of the fight when a torrent of punches sent the Brit staggering back to the ropes, almost holding on to the attack before being put out of his misery by the judges.
Usyk added: “I’ve worked so hard since January preparing for this fight, it took me half a year and I haven’t seen my family for so long. I miss my family, I want to go home and I’m not thinking about the rematch right now.
‘You haven’t seen the best Usyk, I can do much better. ‘