The build-up to the fight was based on Joshua’s ‘Road To Undisputed,’ with the Brit hoping to stride past the Ukrainian and continue on to another major money fight against Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder.
After Usyk calmly outboxed the now-former heavyweight Champion, Joshua will likely be needing to avenge the loss before moving forward.
After an entrance that fans were comparing to Apollo Creed in Rocky IV, Joshua would never quite get into the fight as he would’ve liked to.
There were moments where the former Champion looked as though he could start growing into the contest, but the precision and consistency of Usyk’s strikes proved that he is one of the P4P greats in the sport right now.
Will AJ get a rematch?
Speaking to iFL TV following the fight, Matchroom CEO Eddie Hearn would confirm that Joshua will be triggering his rematch clause for another shot at the former Cruiserweight champion. He said: “We’ll sit down with Alex [Krassyuk] and Egis [Klimas] and we’ll work out where the fight is going to make sense, generate the most money, create the most interest. All kinds of things.
“AJ doesn’t care where it is. He’d much rather do it in London, but we’ll have to see. Usyk’s the champ, this is his night. Great guy, great team, they deserve it."
Hearn would also discuss Joshua’s inactivity, saying that it may well have caused the issues that he faced during the contest. “Yeah. I think inactivity has not been great for AJ. And it’s a mixture of commercial stuff he does and Covid.
“That was his second fight in 20 months. At the moment he’s just pumped for the rematch, he just needs to calm down. He needs a holiday, he needs to rest, recovery, take some time.
“At the moment, all he can think about is a rematch. Which will be good for him in time, but just for now, switch off, rest your body. It was a taxing fight.”
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