Anthony Joshua ready to do 'it all again' after Usyk loss
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Oleksandr Usyk won the hearts of the boxing world on Saturday night after outclassing Anthony Joshua in their long-awaited bout and has claimed he will do it all over again next year, per his promoter Alex Krassyuk. Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk is ready to go to war with Joshua once more in a rematch.
Usyk, 34, beat Joshua on points via unanimous decision to signal just the second ever loss in the Watford-born boxer’s career and extended his own professional record to 19-0.
The judges’ scorecards on the night read 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113, which left no doubt as to what the result would be as Usyk won the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.
In a bout that Joshua was expected to win before going on to fight Tyson Fury, the Ukrainian upset the odds at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Joshua had never been beaten by going the distance before with his only other loss coming to Andy Ruiz when he was stopped in the seventh round back in 2019.
But after beating the Englishman, Usyk has not shied away from another bout – claiming he would beat him again should the rematch happen as expected.
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With Joshua having installed a rematch clause in the fight contract, it seems Usyk will try to continue his spell of beating English boxers with Tony Bellew and Derek Chisora also on his record.
But before he looks to defend his new titles against AJ, Krassyuk cooly answered as to what Usyk’s thoughts were.
“The rematch was spelled out in our contract,” Krassyuk said.
“When we discussed it, he was not upset, but, on the contrary, was delighted. He said, ‘Cool, I will beat Anthony twice.'”
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It remains to be seen what Joshua will do next, but he remained confident he could beat Usyk in the rematch.
“I can’t go back and sulk – that’s wasting time,” Joshua said.
“I never tend to look at the opponent. I just tend to look at myself and realise where I went wrong.
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“So it’s not so much what he did, it’s the opportunities that I gave him. It’s not so much him.
“I’m just going to go back and look at myself and correct my wrongs.”
Fury will fight Deontay Wilder on October 9 looking to defend his WBC strap and set up a fight with the winner of Joshua vs Usyk 2.
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