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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / What we learned from Oleksandr Usyks victory over Anthony Joshua: Usyk/Fury, next?

What we learned from Oleksandr Usyks victory over Anthony Joshua: Usyk/Fury, next?

Publish Date: 08/21/2022
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa
JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA - AUGUST 21: Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine celebrates after beating Anthony Joshua of Great Britain in boxing rematch under the name of "Rage in the Red Sea" as he retains world title at King Abdullah Sports Complex in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on August 22, 2022. (Photo by Ayman Yaqoob/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Repeat Performance

Usyk is a Special fighter

Oleksandr Usyk beat Anthony Joshua for the second time in less than a year on Saturday night. Nobody I can remember has accomplished more in just twenty fights than Usyk. In his short career, he completely cleaned out the Cruiserweight division and beat the much bigger Joshua in just a couple of fights to win the heavyweight title. After Saturday’s performance, we know that the first win against Joshua was no fluke. Usyk has the ability to change his game plan multiple times in a fight completely, and it makes him especially hard to beat be,cause let’s face it very few Heavyweights exist with the IQ of a Usyk. Usyk is the pound-for-pound number one Boxer in the world.

Joshua had a better performance but just not enough

Most thought his best chance was to impose his physical advantages on Usyk. That was not his game plan, and in the end, I am not so sure that would have helped. Let’s face it in his career, Joshua is not technically sound; his stiff and almost looks robotic in his movements. I think a more attacking Joshua gets tired and knocked about because Usyk is not easy to hit. With that being said, if you are Joshua, you can not allow the fight to occur in the middle of the ring, but as I said, I do not think Joshua is skilled enough actually to do what he needed to do to beat Usyk.

So yes, Joshua did slightly better than last time, but in the end, he did not have the skills required to beat Usyk.

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Anthony Joshua is disrespectful in defeat.

The worst part about the night was Joshua’s conduct after the fight, which was bizarre.

“How did you beat me?” “You’re not strong,” Joshua asked Usyk.

Joshua took to the microphone and began a bizarre rant, leaving everyone stunned.

The 32-year-old showed his class and asked the crowd for a round of applause.

The British heavyweight champion aim at his critics over how he fights.

The war in Ukraine was brought up again, and he appeared to be off the mark.

He threw two of Usyk’s belts out of the ring he stormed out of that ring, and then stormed back in. It was a shame because if none of the after-fight antics had occurred, everybody would just be talking about how good Usyk is.

Instead, Joshua decided to grab the microphone and make it all about him as Usyk stood by and looked stunned at what Joshua was doing. Usyk is class in and out of the ring and he just allowed Joshua to make a fool out of himself, which Joshua had no problem doing.

Glenn Feldman should not be judging fights.

Glenn Feldman is a joke as a boxing judge, and this fight was not the first fight that he has badly missed the mark on. He somehow thought Anthony Joshua beat Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday, and he is the only person who thought that.

Feldman also screwed up the Manny Pacquiao win against Keith Thurman when he was again the only person who thought Thurman had won the fight. That bad score should have kept him from ever judging another fight again, but here he was again on Saturday, sitting ringside and letting the whole world see his incompetence. Will hopefully, it was incompetence!

Feldman said he ‘can’t’ explain why he gave Joshua the nod in his split-decision defeat to Usyk when confronted after the fight.

But the American inexplicably had the Briton five rounds to one up after six rounds in Saudi Arabia. I had it 4-2 for Usyk.

Feldman’s scorecard in favor of Joshua today was almost as bad as Adelaide Byrd’s 10-2 in favor of Canelo in Canelo-GGG 1.

Feldman should, at the very least, be suspended because it is not the first time he has missed the boat big time on a fight.

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Usyk/Fury next?

This is the obvious fight to make; if it is made, we will know who the true Heavyweight Champion of the world is. I know Fury is supposedly retired, but that should all change, as how can you retire with unfinished business? If Fury was actually to retire, this would follow him forever.

Usyk/Fury has to be made, and for all of those people saying it’s a mismatch, you are crazy. When was the last time we saw two technically proficient heavyweights with fast hands battle for a Heavyweight Championship?

Remember when most people thought Usyk wasn’t big enough to beat Joshua?

I would at this moment favor Fury also but to me; it’s a 60/40 fight; Usyk is a great fighter with an iron will, and Fury has never fought anybody with the skills of a Usyk.

Usyk is the only Heavyweight with a legit shot against Fury, and no other Heavyweight out there can beat Usyk at this moment; this fight must happen now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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