Anthony Joshua has lost his world heavyweight title belts to Oleksandr Usyk by unanimous decision after being defeated by the Ukrainian over 12 rounds at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The 31-year-old has put up his WBA, WBO and IBF straps and a future undisputed bout with Tyson Fury on the line against the former cruiserweight king and now heavyweight enigma.
Usyk’s dominance in the ring is confirmed on the scorecards. The fight was awarded 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 in Usyk’s favour and Joshua’s second heavyweight reign came to an end.
Joshua had no complaints about the outcome as he makes his way back to his dressing room.
Usyk put in a masterful performance and silenced the hostile Tottenham crowd.
An excited Usyk said: “The fight went exactly the way I expected it to go. There were a couple of moments when Anthony pushed me hard, but nothing special.
“I had no objective to knock him out because my trainers pushed me not to do that.
“At the beginning I hit him hard and tried to knock him out but my trainers said to stop and just do my job.
“The only thing I wanted to do with this fight was to praise my Lord, Jesus Christ and say all comes from him.
“Today, 12 years ago, my wife said to me yes, today I am double happy.
“I have been working so hard since January in preparation for this fight, it took me half a year and I didn’t see my family for so long. I miss my family, I want to go home and I am not thinking about the rematch at the moment.
“You didn’t see the best Usyk, I can be much better.”