Anthony Joshua told Oleksandr Usyk “see you soon” when the Ukrainian returned his belts in the dressing room after their fight on Saturday.
Britain’s unified heavyweight champion was knocked out and dethroned by the Ukrainian, who put in a magnificent performance to make history at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Usyk’s speed, movement and precision troubled AJ all night.
Joshua had moments of success throughout the fight, but couldn’t keep it up long enough to come out victorious.
Usyk eventually outclassed Joshua and put him on his feet on the last lap, with the bell saving AJ from being knocked out.
The scores were 117-112, 116-112, 115-113, crowning Usyk a two-division world king as the former cruiserweight champion claimed the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.
Usyk returned Joshua’s WBA, IBF and WBO belts after the fight.
This is a standard procedure in boxing as the champion will receive new ones from the sanctioning bodies.
The two shook hands in the dressing room and were very respectful, as they have done throughout the preparation.
AJ, who intends to take the rematch, concluded by telling Usyk: “See you soon.”
When Usyk returned to his lodge, an ancient adversary awaited him.
Derek Chisora, who Usyk nominated last year, congratulated the new champion.
Chisora told Usyk, “You made history today, man.
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