Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk LIVE RESULTS: AND THE NEW! Usyk beats AJ by UD

Anthony Joshua will defend his titles against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London.

Oleksandr Usyk is the new unified heavyweight champion of the world.

The Ukrainian comfortably outclassed Anthony Joshua in a twelve-round showcase in the main event on Saturday night.  

Usyk, 34, outpointed Joshua, 31, with a score of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 on the judges' cards at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.   

In the co-main event, a pair of undefeated cruiserweights clashed, with Britain's Lawrence Okolie (16-0, 13 KOs) taking on Montenegro's Dilan Prašović (15-0, 12 KOs).

On a packed night of action, Callum Smith faced Dominican light-heavyweight Lenin Castillo, while Florian Marku challenged Maxim Prodan for the IBF International welterweight title.  

Campbell Hatton, the son of British boxing legend Ricky, also faced Sonni Martinez in his fourth professional fight.

The full Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk: 'The Perfect Storm' fight card included:

Anthony Joshua will defend his titles against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London.

ANTHONY JOSHUA VS OLEKSANDR USYK LIVE RESULTS 

MAIN EVENT: 

  • Oleksandr Usyk (c) beats Anthony Joshua by unanimous decision (117-112, 116-112, 115-113)

UNDERCARD

  • Lawrence Okolie (c) def. Dilan Prašović (TKO R3)
  • Campbell Hatton beats Sonni Martinez by referee's decision (58-57)
  • Callum Smith def. Lenin Castillo (KO R2)
  • Florian Marku beats Maxim Prodan by majority decision (91-99, 99-93, 99-96)
  • Christopher Ousley beats Khasan Baysangurov by majority decision (95-95, 97-94, 97-94)
  • Daniel Lapin beats Pawel Martyniuk by referee's decision (60-55)

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25th Sep. 2021, 23:25

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25th Sep. 2021, 23:21
OLEKSANDR THE GREAT

Oleksandr Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua by unanimous decision

25th Sep. 2021, 23:15
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

Usyk says: "You didn't see the best Oleksandr Usyk. I can be better."


25th Sep. 2021, 23:12
Oleksandr Usyk def. Anthony Joshua by unanimous decision - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

"This means  much for me, a lot," Usyk said in his post-fight interview. 

"The fight went the way i expected it to go. 

"There were a couple of moments where Joshua pushed me hard, but just nothing special."


25th Sep. 2021, 23:06
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

AND NEW! OLEKSANDR USYK DEFEATS ANTHONY JOSHUA BY UNANIMOUS DECISION!


25th Sep. 2021, 23:05
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

WE GO TO THE SCORECARDS!


25th Sep. 2021, 23:04
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

ROUND 12

Final round - Joshua struggling to find the target, Usyk stepping up the pressure.

Usyk really is a special, special fighter.


25th Sep. 2021, 22:59
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

ROUND 11

Usyk out of the traps IMMEDIATELY! Does the man ever slow down?!

Joshua digging deep, both men feeling the pace. 


25th Sep. 2021, 22:55
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

ROUND 10

THE UKRAINIAN IS CUT IN THE TENTH!

Both fighters going for it here.


25th Sep. 2021, 22:50
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

ROUND 9

Usyk hasn't stopped moving all night.


25th Sep. 2021, 22:47
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

ROUND 8

This is a fascinating fight.

Joshua having some more success in the eighth.


25th Sep. 2021, 22:45
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

ROUND 7

Joshua finding his range in the seventh round. 

Usyk landing the better shots by far.  


25th Sep. 2021, 22:40
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

ROUND 6

Cat and mouse, this... The Ukrainian's output has dropped noticeably.

Joshua bangs Usyk on the chin!


25th Sep. 2021, 22:36
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

ROUND 5

Joshua takes the round! 

Usyk starting to tire?


25th Sep. 2021, 22:30
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

ROUND 4

Right hand from Joshua gets the crowd going again. 

Mouse starting to form under Usyk's right eye. 


25th Sep. 2021, 22:27
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

ROUND 3

Usyk starting well early, Joshua taking his time to suss him out.

Joshua wobbled late on in the third round but comes back with a lovely right hand.


25th Sep. 2021, 22:24
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

ROUND 2

Good work from Joshua. 

Usyk is constantly feinting, changing angles, as everyone expected.

Closer round.


25th Sep. 2021, 22:19
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

ROUND 1 

Tactical tussle so far. 

Usyk light on his feet, Joshua leading with his left hand. 

Adam Smith: "He's obviously a blown-up cruiserweight."


25th Sep. 2021, 22:13
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!


25th Sep. 2021, 22:07
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

Now it's Joshua's turn...

WHAT A NOISE!


25th Sep. 2021, 22:03
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

Usyk walks to the ring as the challenger...

Will he walk away as the champion? 

We're about to find out. 


25th Sep. 2021, 21:58
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

National anthems first, then Michael Buffer is back to introduce the two fighters (not that they need any introductions but still)


25th Sep. 2021, 21:55
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

SWEET CAROLINE! GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD! 


25th Sep. 2021, 21:47
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

We are minutes away from the main event of the evening... 

The atmosphere is absolutely electric!


25th Sep. 2021, 21:35
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles


25th Sep. 2021, 21:09
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles

Main event coming up next!


25th Sep. 2021, 21:07
What's next for Lawrence Okolie?

Okolie says: "I need the big names to really get the best out of myself, unifications and all the rest. 

"It really depends on politics but I don't see why not. Eddie, DAZN, Sky Sports, just bring me all the rest." 


25th Sep. 2021, 21:03
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic - WBO cruiserweight title

ROUND 3

PRASOVIC COUNTED OUT

Okolie drops Prasovic again with a brutal body shot and that was it.

Job done, on to the next one.  


25th Sep. 2021, 20:59
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic - WBO cruiserweight title

ROUND 2

OKOLIE DROPS PRASOVIC IN THE SECOND ROUND!

Surely only a matter of time now?


25th Sep. 2021, 20:54
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic - WBO cruiserweight title

ROUND 1

Bit of an awkward first round that, on to the next.  


25th Sep. 2021, 20:50
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic - WBO cruiserweight title

In the words of David Diamante, 'THE FIGHT. STARTS. NOW.'


25th Sep. 2021, 20:46
WAR JOSHUA

AJ looks incredibly focused as he gets his hands wrapped by Ian Gatt.

Anthony Joshua gets his hands wrapped by Ian Gatt

25th Sep. 2021, 20:43
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Lawrence Okolie
vs Dilan Prasovic - WBO cruiserweight title

David Diamante back at it again...


25th Sep. 2021, 20:33
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Up next: Lawrence Okolie vs Dilan Prasovic - WBO cruiserweight title


25th Sep. 2021, 20:26
Chris Eubank Jr on Campbell Hatton

Chris Eubank Jr has some advice for Campbell Hatton: "Don't worry about the big stage, don't worry about impressing the fans, don't worry about the name.

"Go away, go to Mexico, go to the small shows, build your record, build your experience, and then come back and do all this."


25th Sep. 2021, 20:23
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Campbell Hatton vs Sonni Martinez - Lightweight

"Six rounds is still the best thing for me," Hatton said in his post-fight interview.

"I think a little bit of nerves and frustration got the better of me there.

"I think next time will be a lot better because I'll have learned from my mistakes."


25th Sep. 2021, 20:20
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Campbell Hatton vs Sonni Martinez - Lightweight

ROUND 6

It seems like Hatton still has quite a lot of work to do as Andy Clarke currently has it scored 4-1 for Martinez heading into the final round.

To his credit, Hatton hasn't stopped throwing, but has struggled to bridge the gap between them.

Scorecards coming up...

HATTON GETS THE DECISION TO STAY UNBEATEN IN HIS CAREER!?!


25th Sep. 2021, 20:12
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Campbell Hatton vs Sonni Martinez - Lightweight

ROUND 5

Hatton landing some good shots again!

Shouts of encouragement from his father Ricky. 

Hatton is bleeding from his nose. 


25th Sep. 2021, 20:09
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Campbell Hatton vs Sonni Martinez - Lightweight

ROUND 4

It's clear Hatton is very much still a raw novice but he's giving it a fair whack here. 

Action starting to warm up in the second half of this six-rounder.

Hatton needs to start putting some shots together.  


25th Sep. 2021, 20:05
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Campbell Hatton vs Sonni Martinez - Lightweight

ROUND 3

Hatton starting to up the tempo a bit, Martinez doesn't like that. 


25th Sep. 2021, 20:02
THE MAIN EVENT IS IN THE BUILDING

I REPEAT, THE MAIN EVENT IS IN THE BUILDING.

Oleksandr Usyk pictured ahead of his fight with Anthony Joshua

25th Sep. 2021, 20:00
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Campbell Hatton vs Sonni Martinez - Lightweight

ROUND 2

Is it really boxing if it's not Adam Smith on comms? 

Apologies, we're getting distracted. Hatton looking in a spot of bother here.

Better from Hatton late in the second round. 


25th Sep. 2021, 19:57
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Campbell Hatton vs Sonni Martinez - Lightweight

ROUND 1

Hatton Sr sat in the front row. No pressure...

Looks like Martinez fancies the upset here...


25th Sep. 2021, 19:39
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk analysis

Chris Eubank Jr tells Sky Sports: "That's the question, has he bitten off more than he can chew?

"Only three fights at heavyweight, now you're fighting the best heavyweight in the world, the biggest baddest man on the planet, it's a big ask.

"But if there's anyone who can do it, it's Usyk."


25th Sep. 2021, 19:37
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Update from Eddie Hearn re: Lenin Castillo's horrific knockout


25th Sep. 2021, 19:27
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
UP NEXT: Campbell Hatton vs Sonni Martinez - Lightweight

Can Campbell Hatton make it four wins out of four on the big stage?


25th Sep. 2021, 19:22
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Callum Smith vs Lenin Castillo - Light heavyweight

Smith with a scary one-punch knockout of Castillo in round two of his light-heavyweight debut.

Castillo received medical attention after being left on the floor shaking. 


25th Sep. 2021, 19:15
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Callum Smith vs Lenin Castillo - Light heavyweight

ROUND 2

Completely forgot Buddy McGirt is in Smith's corner. Smart move that.

Anyway, back to the boxing... Castillo showing some survival skills here...

KNOCKOUT 


25th Sep. 2021, 19:15
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Callum Smith vs Lenin Castillo - Light heavyweight

ROUND 1

David Diamante gets us underway...

And we're off! Smith working the body early. 


25th Sep. 2021, 19:07
UP NEXT: Callum Smith vs Lenin Castillo - Light heavyweight

Callum Smith makes his debut at light heavyweight, following his defeat to Canelo Alvarez.


25th Sep. 2021, 19:00
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku - Welterweight

Judges score the bout 99-91, 93-99, 96-99 for the winner by majority decision AND THE NEW IBF International welterweight champion Florian Marku...

Will that be the first time we hear that tonight?


25th Sep. 2021, 18:55
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku - Welterweight

ROUND 10

Final round - nice one-two combination from Marku at the halfway stage. 

Didn't really need to get out of second gear. 

We go to the judges' scorecards...


25th Sep. 2021, 18:51
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku - Welterweight

ROUND 9

Marku's cardio looks much better than the Ukrainian's. 

Rinse and repeat. 


25th Sep. 2021, 18:47
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku - Welterweight

ROUND 8

Prodan is finding it difficult to cut the ring off as Marku circles away with some clever footwork.

Another decisive round for the Albanian. 


25th Sep. 2021, 18:43
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku - Welterweight

ROUND 7

Matt Macklin on Sky Sports: "I think Marku is starting to build a nice lead now."

Good jab again from the Albanian.

Prodan looks pretty one-dimensional but does clip Marku with a stinging left. 


25th Sep. 2021, 18:40
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku - Welterweight

ROUND 6

Short left from Prodan but Marku straight back on the jab before moving away.

Albanian lands a lovely combination but Prodan shakes his head and waves him forward.

Some showboating from Marku at the end of the round.


25th Sep. 2021, 18:35
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku - Welterweight

ROUND 5

Marku switching between stances effortlessly. 

The Albanian is also staying busy with a stiff probing jab.


25th Sep. 2021, 18:32
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku - Welterweight

ROUND 4

A LOT of swinging and missing. Not an awful lot in it for either man. 

Strong finish to the round from Marku. 


25th Sep. 2021, 18:25
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku - Welterweight

ROUND 3

NO KNOCKDOWN

A good right hand from Prodan as he starts to take control of the centre of the ring.

Marku lands an overhand right halfway through the third round.


25th Sep. 2021, 18:23
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku - Welterweight

ROUND 2

Prodan starts on the front foot pushing Marku back as the Albanian's face starts to redden a bit.  


25th Sep. 2021, 18:19
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
Maxim Prodan
vs Florian Marku - Welterweight

ROUND 1

Feeling out process as expected as both fighters start the fight well but neither is committing to an attack.


25th Sep. 2021, 18:16
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
BAD BLOOD BETWEEN ALBANIAN AND UKRAINIAN

David Diamante does the honours and the IBF International welterweight championship between Maxim Prodan and Florian Marku gets underway.


25th Sep. 2021, 17:55
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
UP NEXT: Maxim Prodan vs Florian Marku - Welterweight

'The People's Main Event' is up next (I feel like I'll end up writing that twice this evening...)


25th Sep. 2021, 17:46
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard
First win of the night goes to...

13-0 and a first pro title for Christopher Ousley who gets the W over Khasan Baysangurov 95-95, 97-94, 97-94. Up next...


25th Sep. 2021, 17:43
AJ gets a fresh trim

Anthony Joshua started off his day with a trip to the barbers. Standard. 

Anthony Joshua started off his day with a trip to the barbers

25th Sep. 2021, 17:41
Swings and roundabouts

Much better from both fighters as they start to nip and tuck in the latter stages of the fight, but Ousley probably nicks it on points. 


25th Sep. 2021, 17:28
Ricky Hatton meets and greets Vasyl Lomachenko

'Hi-Tech' x 'The Hitman'. 


25th Sep. 2021, 17:24
Ousley takes the lead early

The American looks to be comfortably in front at the halfway stage of the fight.


25th Sep. 2021, 17:22
Just how good does this look!?


25th Sep. 2021, 17:00
Christopher Ousley vs Khasan Baysangurov

Christopher Ousley and Khasan Baysangurov get us underway.


25th Sep. 2021, 16:38
What's the view from the other side?

According to his team, Oleksandr Usyk is 'very confident' of causing an upset against Anthony Joshua on Saturday evening. 

The Ukrainian boasts an unblemished record of 18-0 as a professional with 13 wins by way of knockout. 

His promoter told MyBettingSites: "Oleksandr is very confident in his victory over AJ and how he will beat him - so therefore he easily agreed for the second bout because his mindset will be even more favorable after he wins the first.

"There were no other options for Oleksandr after he became the undisputed champion and defended against Tony Bellew.

"There was nothing else to prove at cruiserweight and staying there would for sure be a stagnation or even a step back.

"Now Alex has a huge motivation to get up at 5am every day and work as hard as he can for he has an objective in front of him.

"After just two bouts at heavyweight, Usyk signed the contract for a multiple belt showdown with the king of the heavyweights."


25th Sep. 2021, 15:52
'I cannot see this fight going the distance'

Carl Froch insists Anthony Joshua's fight with Oleksandr Usyk tonight will not go the distance.  

"I cannot see this fight going the distance. I think AJ backs Usyk up, bullies him, tires him out and then stops him," Froch said via Sky Sports.

"I don't think AJ can catch him early, because Usyk will be very sharp with those southpaw skills. AJ needs to wear him down, with that added weight and size, and then he can really take over.

"I believe AJ will smash him. He'll either knock him out with one punch later on or force a stoppage.

"If AJ goes in there and knocks out Usyk, who is a ridiculously good fighter, then he really needs to be respected."


25th Sep. 2021, 14:45
THE BEST OF FRENEMIES? 

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk were spotted posing for a selfie together backstage at the O2 Arena after both fighters hit the scales on Friday afternoon. 

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk pose for a selfie

25th Sep. 2021, 14:34
BAD INTENTIONS

Lawrence Okolie will accept nothing other than a 'massive knockout' when he makes the first defence of his WBO cruiserweight world title against Dilan Prasovic on Saturday. 

"I made the weight well so I am focused on dealing with him in good fashion," Okolie said.

"I don't think about belts or champions. All I think about is how to win each fight.

"I want a massive KO. A massive, massive knockout."


25th Sep. 2021, 09:48
'I'd much prefer to beat Joshua up'

Tyson Fury wants Anthony Joshua to beat Oleksandr Usyk in their heavyweight title fight tonight and set up an all-British clash next spring. 

“I watch all the boxing fights, every single one that happens I watch so of course I’m going to watch a heavyweight championship fight, for sure," Fury told The Independent.

“Do I want him to win? Definitely. Because it doesn’t make much sense in me beating Usyk up.

"I’d much prefer to beat Joshua up, it’s a bigger fight and people want to see it more."


24th Sep. 2021, 15:00
Joshua and Usyk weigh in 

Anthony Joshua will weigh over a stone heavier than Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night. 

Joshua tipped the scales at 17st 2lbs (2401lbs), while Usyk weighed in at a career highest of of 15st 8lbs (221lbs), leaving a 19lbs difference between them.

And former British boxer Johnny Nelson believes his size could prove to be the decisive factor on the night. 

He told The Daily Mail: "Joshua possesses the edge at this weight. He has the power and the size but is athletic with it. He will be stronger and possesses the bigger punch and knows Usyk will have to come in close at some stage.

"Standing next to Usyk this week he looked heavier up top, almost square in the body, but skinny in his legs which would suggest he wants to stay mobile. Usyk will try to get inside, ride Joshua's shots then counter.

"Joshua must pace himself. If he has trained in the gym to throw 300 punches per round he needs to stick to that. We saw how Bellew ran out of gas against Usyk midway through their fight despite being ahead and it was his undoing.

"Joshua will need that stamina at the end of the fight as Usyk is patient, he likes to start steady then slowly builds up his pace."


24th Sep. 2021, 14:45
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk weigh-in results

  • Lawrence Okolie (199lbs) vs Dilan Prasovic (200lbs) 
  • Callum Smith (175lbs) vs Lenin Castillo (175lbs)
  • Campbell Hatton (136.75lbs) vs Sonni Martinez (136lbs)
  • Maxim Prodan (146.75lbs) vs Florian Marku (147.4lbs*) - *Marku missed weight by .4lbs
  • Christopher Ousley (160lbs) vs Khasan Baysangurov (159.5lbs)

21st Sep. 2021, 17:00
Joshua inks new deal with Matchroom

Anthony Joshua has penned a new 'career-long' contract with Matchroom Sports, promoter Eddie Hearn revealed. 

'AJ' has decided to renew his exclusive deal with Matchroom, which was set to expire following this weekend's fight with Oleksandr Usyk.

Hearn confirmed the news on social media and added boxing fans can look forward to an 'amazing' fight on Saturday night.

He said: “When AJ and I met in the Matchroom HQ 8 years ago, we had a vision and a dream that we shared together.

“There is something quite special about sharing a journey together from the professional debut to the day the gloves are hung up, but it takes a huge amount of belief and an unwavering loyalty.

“Over those 8 years, AJ has been the face of British boxing, inspiring a new generation and audience to the sport we love.

“This is the fourth and final promotional agreement we have signed together, and I am honoured that AJ has confirmed his future with Matchroom.

“Just like we did from the debut, myself and the great team at Matchroom will continue to work relentlessly for Anthony in the many chapters that remain.

“I also want to thank Frank Smith and the whole team at Matchroom along with Freddie Cunningham and 258 who we have had a seamless partnership with.

“Here is to an amazing night this Saturday and many more for us all to savour.”


21st Sep. 2021, 09:24
An uneasy alliance

Dillian Whyte, 33, expects Anthony Joshua will breeze past Oleksandr Usyk to set up an all-British derby with Tyson Fury.  

Having watched Usyk struggle against Derek Chisora in December at Wembley Arena, Whyte said: "I think it's a great fight, but in my personal opinion, I think Joshua will stop him in the first five, six, or seven rounds. 

"Usyk will start fast, and Joshua will be a bit cagey because he’s a southpaw, he’s lighter, and Joshua can also sometimes lack confidence in fights.

“He can get caught up in, ‘Oh, he’s a good boxer, the guy's this, the guy's that,’ and he's still in this learning period where he's learning things and trying stuff out as well.

"Hopefully, he goes back to the old him and starts pressing Usyk and being the bigger, stronger guy and starts backing him up and starts hitting him with stuff early. I think he can get the job done early."


25th Sep. 2021, 09:47
Good morning

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