Oleksandr Usyk looked relaxed out and about on the streets of London the morning after beating Anthony Joshua to become the new heavyweight champion of the world.
The Ukrainian, who also became the third man after David Haye and Evander Holyfield to win world titles at cruiserweight then heavyweight, posed for pictures with UK fans outside Stratford Underground Station.
Usyk, 34, brought an end to AJ’s second reign at the top of the heavyweight ladder with a unanimous decision win over the Briton at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
Despite his recent success however, it seems Usyk isn’t letting his newfound fame get to his head as he took some time out of his day to rub shoulders with the city’s inhabitants.
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Matchroom Sport chairman Eddie Hearn, meanwhile, believes Joshua will want to right the wrongs as soon as possible in a rematch against Usyk next spring.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s going to be really difficult because Usyk’s confidence will be sky high, but when you get to the level of Anthony Joshua, as we saw after the Ruiz defeat, there’s no 10-round comeback fights and warm-ups.
“It’s straight back into the fire and he will want to go straight back into that rematch.
“He will be an underdog in the rematch this time after that tonight, but that’s what he does.”
The result was Joshua’s second defeat of his career and it has cast considerable doubt on plans for a potential super-fight against Tyson Fury. Fury has also still got to face Wilder in a trilogy fight.
Matchroom boxing promoter Hearn continued by saying: “It was a tough fight, a gruelling fight.
“He’s not quite talking the way you would expect him to talk at the moment. Devastated. He’s already talking about training again.
“They want to look at the eye socket. He says it’s fine, but a devastating defeat.
“Obviously congratulations to Oleksandr Usyk. What a fighter. He put in a great performance tonight and the better man won.”
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