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9/22/21

Boxing: Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk



This September, the world boxing village witnessed the defense of 4 heavyweight titles of British boxer Anthony Joshua against opponent from Ukraine, Oleksandr Usyk.

Boxing: Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk






In 2019, after losing the title to Andy Ruiz in June, Anthony Joshua regained all the titles at the end of the year with a point victory in the rematch.  The 2012 Olympic gold medal in the 91kg upper class then had another successful title defense against Kubrat Pulev at the end of 2020 with a knockout in the 9th round.

Anthony Joshua's rival, Oleksandr Usyk, also won the 2012 Olympic gold medal in the 91kg category.  Boxer was born in 1987, then turned to professional competition and became the first boxer to unify 4 major titles of the cruiserweight boxing village with a record of 16 all-win matches.

In 2019, Oleksandr Usyk announced his move to heavyweight and opened with 2 consecutive victories against Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora.  He became the WBO mandatory challenger in heavyweight.

Anthony Joshua had to defend the title against Oleksandr Usyk when the Tyson Fury fight broke down.

In early 2021, when Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury scheduled to face off in the summer, Deontay Wilder - former WBC king suddenly asked Fury to fulfill the rematch clause in the previous contract.

This forced Tyson Fury to give up his fight with Anthony Joshua to complete his third fight with Wilder on October 10.  Faced with the above situation, the WBO asked Anthony Joshua to perform the obligation to defend the title with Oleksandr Usyk.
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