Top Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte was one of those backing former foe Anthony Joshua to make a quick work of Oleksandr Usyk before the weekend and even on Fight Night but that ended up wrong, as the Usyk battered Joshua through 12 rounds to win a convincing Unanimous Decision on Saturday night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Usyk was clinical with his punches, used his Boxing movements to make a hard target blasting Joshua off balance with his overhand left hands and almost forced a stoppage in the final round against the Bigger and experienced Joshua, taking Home the IBF IBO WBA WBO heavyweight titles.
According to Whyte, that was all Anthony Joshua’s fault as he expected him to let his hands go and impose his size on the Ukrainian. Usyk was a lot more hungry in the fight and let his hands go even when Joshua got him hurt a couple of times, a sight he felt was “Bizarre”
“I was surprised with how the fight went because I thought Joshua would get it done inside seven rounds because he would enforce his size and bulk on Usyk but he was very reserved and tentative, it was weird,” Whyte told IFL TV.
“Usyk was a lot more aggressive because Joshua allowed him to be, whenever Joshua stung him he stood in front of him and let his hands go and Joshua let him do it. Joshua was hurting him but backing up so it has baffled me a bit, it was a bizarre performance. Joshua is a strange guy, he’s a proper f——- weirdo, he should have been putting the heat on him. After eight rounds he should have felt like he was down on the cards and started really having a go, he’s the unified heavyweight champion of the world.
Whyte will like Joshua to throw more hands and believes that Joshua has retreated from an aggressive fight to a safety first fighter which was detrimental to his game. Whyte felt Joshua never went for the finish.
“He needs to throw his hands. Joshua’s mentality has to change, lately he is in a safety-first mode, he is fighting weird. It’s good he is using more athleticism and boxing responsibly but being a big strong guy is what has worked for him, got him an Olympic gold medal and world titles so he just needs to have a f—— go. He was not hungry enough because when the chips are down and sh!t is against you, you have to have a go. And he did not want to have a go. He never tried to finish him off when he hurt him, it was madness.”
Joshua has made clear he will be activating the Rematch Clause on their contract and will work towards improving his game ahead of the Rematch with Usyk in a date tentative for the first quarter of 2022.