Ukraine’s Usyk Beats Joshua By Split Decision In Heavyweight Title Fight

Ukraine’s Usyk Beats Joshua By Split Decision In Heavyweight Title Fight

By Wires Editor | The Trent on August 21, 2022
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Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk won his rematch against Anthony Joshua by split decision to retain his world heavyweight titles in just his fourth fight in the division in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, August 20, 2022.

Usyk, 35, who dismantled the defending champion in London last year, faced an improved Joshua but outboxed him once again to set up a potential unification bout with Britain’s Tyson Fury.

“I want to thank God for the help that he gave me today,” Usyk told the crowd at the 12,000-seat King Abdullah Sports City Arena in Jeddah.

Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine (R) in action against Anthony Joshua (L) of Great Britain during boxing rematch under the name of “Rage in the Red Sea” at King Abdullah Sports Complex in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on August 20, 2022. Ayman Yaqoob / Anadolu Agency

“I give this victory to my country, to my family, to my team, and to all the military who are defending the country,” he added.

The fight was watched on free-to-air TV by millions of Ukrainians living under the Russian invasion. Usyk signed up to fight for his country before accepting the rematch.

An angered Joshua peppered his post-match speech with expletives despite the presence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, de facto ruler of the deeply religious country.

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