Anthony Joshua got his second career defeat against Usyk

Anthony Joshua (AJ) received his second defeat in his career to Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua got his second career defeat against UsykAJ

Anthony Joshua (AJ) received his second defeat in his career to Oleksandr Usyk. Anthony Joshua’s second reign as world heavyweight champion has come to an abrupt end after an Oleksandr Usyk masterclass at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Briton suffered only his second career defeat on Saturday night to follow his shock 2019 loss to Andy Ruiz Jr, leaving plans for a lucrative all-British unification showdown with Tyson Fury in tatters.

The unbeaten Usyk, meanwhile, becomes just the third man ever to hold world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight level. Joshua will be eager to quickly exercise his rematch clause this year, with Fury set to face Deontay Wilder for a third time in a fortnight.

There was also plenty of action on tonight’s undercard, including Lawrence Okolie providing an easy first defence of his WBO cruiserweight title against no1 contender Dilan Prasovic.

Callum Smith produced a huge knockout on his light-heavyweight debut against Lenin Castillo, who was taken to hospital, while Campbell Hatton was fortunate to escape with a win against Uruguay’s Sonni Martinez in his fourth professional fight and first over six rounds.

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