Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk beats Anthony Joshua in heavyweight rematch after cut up factors resolution in Saudi Arabia | UK Information

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk has retained his heavyweight titles after an exciting rematch with Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia.

Usyk received on a cut up factors resolution after the pair went the complete 12 rounds – 113 to 115, 115 to 113 and 116 to 112.

Till round March, Usyk was combating on the frontline in Kyiv, however left the war-torn nation to deal with his rematch with Joshua.

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After the judges’ resolution was declared, Joshua threw two of the title belts over the aspect of the ropes earlier than storming out of the ring.

Nonetheless, he returned and grabbed the mic, telling the King Abdullah Sports activities Metropolis: “For those who knew my story, you’d perceive the eagerness.

“I ain’t no newbie boxer, from 5 years previous that was an elite prospect from youth. I used to be going to jail, I acquired bail and I began coaching my a*** off, I needed to have the ability to struggle.

“This man beat me tonight, perhaps I might have executed higher, nevertheless it reveals the extent of exhausting work I put in, so please give him a spherical of applause as our heavyweight champion of the world.”

The pair additionally briefly posed with the Ukrainian flag in a stand of solidarity in defiance of Russia’s ongoing assault within the nation.

Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk, left, celebrates after beating Britain's Anthony Joshua, as they both hold a Ukrainian flag after their world heavyweight title fight at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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‘If I am not combating Tyson Fury, I am not combating in any respect’

Following his win, Usyk paid tribute to the Ukrainian navy, and stated that he’s solely all in favour of combating WBC champion Tyson Fury subsequent.

Usyk stated: “I did this victory for my nation, for all individuals, militaries who’re defending the nation. Thanks very, very a lot.”

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He added: “I am positive that Tyson Fury will not be retired but. I am positive, I am satisfied he needs to struggle me. I need to struggle him, and if I am not combating Tyson Fury, I am not combating in any respect.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy provided his congratulations to his fellow countryman quickly after the bout, tweeting: “Tough, however so essential and vital VICTORY!

“Defending the title of world champion is an emblem that every one those that are of Cossack type is not going to surrender their very own, they may struggle for it and will certainly win!”

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Oleksandr Usyk tells a information convention that Ukraine will win over Russia – nevertheless it wants extra time.

The rematch in Saudi Arabia, follows their bout final yr in London, the place Usyk received the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts from the British boxer.

Their struggle in Jeddah although was a special story, with Joshua giving a much better efficiency towards the Ukrainian in comparison with that of final yr, touchdown blows and infrequently unloading on Usyk.

However it was Usyk who got here out on high, touchdown extra punches on his opponent, with a better work charge than AJ.

It’s not the primary time this yr the UK has come second to Ukraine in a worldwide occasion – with the nation’s Kalush Orchestra winning the Eurovision Song Contest over Briton Sam Ryder, who was nudged into second place by the general public vote – regardless of approaching high with the nationwide juries.

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