Anthony Joshua ready to do 'it all again' after Usyk loss
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Boxing fans are sharing their conspiracy theories online after Anthony Joshua’s shocking loss to Oleksandr Usyk. The Brit lost his WBA, WBA and IBF world titles to the Ukrainian, leaving his plans to fight Tyson Fury in tatters.
Usyk – now a two-division champion – dethroned the Brit in front of 65,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night, as the former undisputed cruiserweight champion comfortably outclassed Joshua.
Usyk stunned the defending champion on a number of occasions as he was simply too fast – and too good – for the 31-year-old, landing a number of impressing hits to win unanimously on points.
Joshua experienced moments of success throughout the fight, but they were fleeting and he could not shift the momentum as Usyk overwhelmed him, almost knocking the Watford-born star out in the final round.
The scorecards – which read 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 – were all in favour of the challenger, and Joshua met the news of his defeat with a simple shrug of his shoulders.
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Joshua’s future is now murky, as the prospects of a highly-anticipated clash with Fury are now very up in the air.
However, some eagle-eyed fans insist it could have been worse for Joshua, as the fight appeared to have been stopped early with the last round ending suspiciously quickly.
The Ukrainian had Joshua on the ropes heading into the final 30 seconds of the 12th round when there appeared to be a lack of synchronicity between the clock shown on TV and the actual fight clock.
As shown by DAZN, the final nine seconds appeared to end in just three with Joshua saved from being knocked out in London.
It was noticed by many online, with @Lu3Beatz asking: ‘Anyone notice at the end of the 12th round the bell range 7 seconds early, was this to save Joshua getting knocked out?’
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Fans and critics alike then took to social media to share their conspiracy theories. @FlashyFlashBxng commented: ‘The 12th round ended with 6 seconds left on the clock. What was that all about, @DaznBoxing??? Just trying to protect your boy @anthonyjoshua? Pretty sis. Dude was just a few seconds away from getting put on his ass.’
Another user, @BigCollinsworth wrote: ‘Completely outclassed, this is one sided a boxing match could be with out a ko… and I’ll say nothing about the British Board time keeper ringing that bell with 8 secs on the clock…’
Futhermore, @RyanDanielLaw noted: ‘For the second time tonight they stopped a round with time left on the clock?’
And finally, @derekingmachine admitted his confusion: ‘There was still 10 seconds left on that fight clock. Why’d they ring it early? Or am I trippin?’
The British boxer’s rival Dillian Whyte also observed the difference in timings, and added the referee should have brought the fight to an end earlier.
“I thought Usyk was going to win by TKO in the last round,” Whyte told iFL TV.
“I thought they gave Joshua way too much time. He was just sat on the ropes, stood there and didn’t do anything. I thought that Usyk deserved a TKO victory.”
Eddie Hearn, the Chair of Matchroom Boxing and Joshua’s promoter, confirmed the fight had gone the full distance: “I remember hearing when there was ten seconds to go, it wasn’t three seconds after the clock went so I don’t believe that was an early bell.”
Joshua is now eyeing a rematch with Usyk in a bid to get his heavyweight journey back on track, and set up a fight with British rival Fury.
Fury, meanwhile, will fight Deontay Wilder in the trilogy in Las Vegas on October 9.
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