Oleksandr Usyk joked that Anthony Joshua sent him to Elon Musk and back on Saturday with some of his emphatic blows in their intriguing title fight.
The Ukrainian, who was previously the first fighter to win all belts at cruiserweight in the era of the four belts, made history again when he defeated Joshua in a unanimous decision to claim the Briton’s WBA, WBO and IBF belts. .
The bout was largely one-sided, with the judges scoring fights 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 as the magnificent Usyk outboxed and defeated the two-time heavyweight champion.
Oleksandr Usyk revealed the extent of Anthony Joshua’s power at a press conference in Kiev
The Ukrainian dominated to a unanimous decision victory to dethrone the former champion
Usyk has since returned to Ukraine, where the 34-year-old outlined how powerful Joshua’s punches were at a press conference in Kiev.
He said: “I will not hide that there were very sensitive blows on the chin, on the stomach, which sent me to Elon Musk for a while, but I quickly returned.”
It’s not the first time Usyk has referenced Musk since his momentous win, after also offering the 50-year-old the space-inspired outfit he wore on his ring walk.
Usyk tweeted: ‘I have a very special gift for someone who inspires me a lot!
‘@elonmusk, your custom JAXET is waiting for you – a gear equipped with the latest technologies and an exclusive artwork from the new reality.
“Let’s pay our respects together to the superhero of the new world and invite Elon to collect his gift by sharing the hashtag #ELONgetyourJAXETfromUSYK @elonmusk.”
Joshua, the considerably taller of the two, has been criticized for his performance when he suffered a second loss in four games, leaving the likes of Frank Warren and Dillian Whyte stunned by the 31-year-old’s defensive approach.
Promoter Eddie Hearn also admitted that Joshua and his team had their tactics completely wrong.
He told iFL TV, “I don’t know if it was almost a rebellious thing where it’s like, ‘No, I’m going in there and outbox him.’
“Just a terrible idea, terrible idea. But remember, Usyk denies things you want to try and do.’
However, Joshua, who has won 22 of his 24 wins by standing, had moments of success in the fight, and Usyk – whose face remains visibly scarred – has admitted the hard hitting heavyweight is worthy of his reputation.
It may be encouragement to Joshua, who has already committed alongside Hearn to immediately take the contractually agreed rematch, with a general acceptance that he will be significantly more aggressive next time.
Joshua has been criticized for not using his superior height, reach and strength
But he had some success, with Usyk joking about the Brit’s blows ‘sending me to Elon Musk’
It wasn’t enough to stop Usyk from claiming Joshua’s collection of heavyweight belts
Should Usyk be victorious again, he will try to secure the remaining WBC belt in an uncontested showdown. The band is currently occupied by Tyson Fury, who will be fighting Deontay Wilder for the third time on October 9.
“We can’t talk about unifying all the belts until after Tyson Fury will have another boxing match with Deontay Wilder, and they determine the champion, and after our rematch with Anthony,” Usyk said.
‘Of course I would really like to have this association match.’
Although it is the only title missing from his collection, Usyk now has a green belt to his name after Vitali Klitschko gave him an honorary WBC band.
The retired boxer and now mayor of Kiev handed the belt to his compatriot in his office.
Klitschko, along with his brother Wladamir – who lost to Joshua in 2017 – were also very successful in heavyweight, winning 45 out of 47 matches and retiring as WBC champion in 2013.
Vitali Klitschko (left) presented Usyk with an honorary WBC belt on his return to Ukraine