Former Unified Heavyweight Anthony Joshua was subjected to the second defeat of his professional career by Oleksandr Usyk, who carted away with an obvious unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night.
The Ukrainian was a clear underdog but made use of some skillful movement and made himself a hard target for Joshua while connecting big overhand left hands that stunned and wobbled Joshua a couple of times. Usyk eventually left with the IBF, IBO , WBA and WBO heavyweight World titles.
Joshua has intentions of going in for a full Unification fight against his Local rival and WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury but those plans have now been soiled as Fury, who will be defending his belt against Deontay Wilder in a third meeting on October 9th might have little interest in their match up.
Joshua has an option of a rematch in the contracts and that will definitely land in a date next year. However, Joshua believes that a fight with Fury or Wilder isn’t dependent on a World title and the boxing Public will still welcome a fight with Wilder or Fury with or without a world title.
“The road to undisputed is marketing. When I pulled up today, it just reminds me that it’s a big circus. This is the greatest show on Earth,” Joshua said.
“I’ll fight Tyson Fury and Wilder without the belts. The belts are fun, it’s great, it’s legacy – but with or without the belts, I’ll fight whoever. The road to undisputed [champion] is a nice title to have and chase but would you still watch it without the belts?
“The main thing is that you have got two competitive fighters in the ring from UK soil that just want to go toe-to-toe.”