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Oleksandr Usyk further cemented himself as the ultimate road warrior with an incredible win over Anthony Joshua to become unified world heavyweight champion.
In just his third fight at heavyweight, the Ukrainian produced a boxing masterclass to claim a unanimous decision victory - the judges scoring it 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113.
It was his 19th professional victory and yet another significant triumph on the road for Usyk.
His win over Joshua was his third in the United Kingdom against an opponent from these shores, following up victories over Dereck Chisora and Tony Bellew.
In the cruiserweight division that he truly conquered, he beat Krzysztof Głowacki to claim his first world title in Poland, defended against Michael Hunter in the United States, TKO'd Marco Huck in Germany, bested Mairis Briedis in Latvia and then unified the division against Murat Gassiev in front of a intense Moscow crowd in Russia.
🌍👑 Oleksandr Usyk has beaten:— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) September 25, 2021
🇵🇱 Krzysztof Glowacki in Poland
🇺🇸 Michael Hunter in America
🇩🇪 Marco Huck in Germany
🇱🇻 Mairis Briedis in Latvia
🇷🇺 Murat Gassiev in Russia
🇬🇧 Tony Bellew in the UK
🇬🇧 Dereck Chisora in the UK
🇬🇧 Anthony Joshua in the UK pic.twitter.com/icO3h9H4cM
'The Cat' made history by collecting all four belts to become the first ever undisputed cruiserweight world champion.
There were questions as to whether he was big enough to cut it at heavyweight but those were all answered at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Usyk became one of my favourite fighters after the Bellew fight. Speaks little English, and yet his character/sense of humour still shines. Obviously gutting for AJ, but he really couldn’t have lost to a nicer bloke. A true boxing legend. #JoshuaUsyk pic.twitter.com/fsVpZqJ7st— Jake Heasman (@jakeheasman) September 25, 2021
With his incredible movement and footwork, Usyk boxed tremendously and hurt Joshua on several occasions - causing a swollen eye that meant he could not see from the ninth round onwards according to Eddie Hearn.
One of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Usyk absolutely loves to travel and has proved he will take on any challenge presented to him.
Joshua has an automatic rematch clause that he is expected to invoke but you just know that Usyk will not be fazed in the slightest.
He really is a different breed.
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