Oleksandr Usyk outboxes Anthony Joshua to points win, new world heavyweight champion

Oleksandr Usyk punches as Anthony Joshua ducks during the Heavyweight Title Fight between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur...

Spoiler role played perfectly. Former unified cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk produced a boxing masterclass, with fantastic movement and a series of stinging left-hands – almost stopping Anthony Joshua on his feet in the twelfth round before ultimately winning the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles: 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 on the three judges scorecards.
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Even after patchy Carlos Takam weekend win, time is of the essence for Joe Joyce

Joe Joyce celebrates victory against Carlos Takam after the WBO International, WBC Silver and Commonwealth Heavyweight Title Championships at the SSE...

After ending Carlos Takam’s night with a sixth-round TKO finish on Saturday, he called for a title fight against the AJ-Usyk winner ringside. Nonetheless, British heavyweight contender Joe Joyce (13-0, 12 KOs, #2 WBO) knows it’s not that straightforward – as much as he’d like it to be – considering he’s 36 in September and doesn’t have time to waste hovering below the top guys. Continue reading

Joshua-Usyk title fight date set for Sept. 25, but don’t overlook the Ukrainian

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After the September 25 date for Anthony Joshua’s latest title defence was announced earlier today, he’ll defend his heavyweight belts against an unbeaten Ukrainian and fellow Olympic gold medallist in former cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk (#1 WBO). AJ will be favoured to win on home soil again, but it’s not difficult to imagine Usyk silencing critics in two months’ time.
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After comeback win vs. Chris Arreola, Andy Ruiz Jr namechecks Luis Ortiz next

Having shaken some of his ring rust off – recovering from a round two knockdown – before outstriking Chris Arreola in their WBA heavyweight title eliminator, former unified world champion Andy Ruiz Jr (34-2, 22 KOs) expressed an interest in fighting another dangerous veteran – Luis Ortiz (32-2, 2 NC), who attended Saturday and is equally up for the challenge. 
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Joe Joyce eyes Oleksandr Usyk rematch next, according to manager Sam Jones

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Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce (12-0, 11 KOs) is targeting a rematch with Anthony Joshua’s WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) next, but is unprepared to wait around forever before that proposed bout takes place according to manager Sam Jones. Time is of the essence for the 35-year-old Brit, if he’s to ultimately achieve his world heavyweight title aspirations. Continue reading

Whyte eager for in-ring return, while Povetkin not ready yet as retirement looms large

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After seeing domestic rival Anthony Joshua retain his world titles with a R9 KO victory against Kubrat Pulev inside Wembley Arena last weekend, Dillian Whyte (27-2, 18 KOs) is in no mood to wait much longer for a proposed rematch against WBC interim heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs), four months after a surprise fifth-round knockout defeat. Continue reading

Anthony Joshua earns R9 KO victory over Kubrat Pulev, retains his HW titles

Anthony Joshua (24-1) shook off ring rust and occasional nervy moments after an explosive third-round to blast IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (28-2) – retaining his heavyweight titles with a ninth-round KO win. Naturally, the attention turns towards WBC champion Tyson Fury: there’s clear determination from their promoters to make a unification bout in 2021.

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