Oleksandr Usyk Beats Anthony Joshua By Split Decision

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Oleksandr Usyk claimed a stunning split-decision victory over Anthony Joshua to retain his WBA, WBO and IBF belts, while adding the Ring Magazine title to his collection.

A much-improved Joshua was given the nod on one of the judges’ scorecards, taking it 115-113.

A masterful Usyk, who will surely fight WBC champion Tyson Fury next, was handed it by the remaining judges 115-113 and 116-112.

Anthony Joshua gave a good showing of himself in the ring against Oleksandr Usyk but many feel he let himself down following the announcement of the decision.

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Joshua fell to an agonising split decision defeat against Oleksandr Usyk to leave him facing an uncertain future in the heavyweight division he previously ruled.

Usyk edged a thrilling contest 113-115, 115-113, 116-112 at the King Abdullah Sports Centre Arena in Jeddah to complete a second successive victory over Joshua and retain the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

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