Boxing Scene reports that Usyk was only second-best in punches landed in five of those rounds, scoring a whopping 29 hits on Joshua in the final round of the fight, the most of any of AJ’s previous fights.
After a relentless flurry of punches, Usyk left Joshua hanging on the ropes in the 12th round, much to the shock of the onlooking British crowd, and scored a total of 148 punches landed to Joshua’s 123 across the fight.
It was always going to be a tough fight for the former British unified heavyweight champion, who suffered only the second loss of his career, his first coming against Andy Ruiz Jr back in 2019.
Usyk’s awkward stance and agility proved too much for Joshua, and it seems he interestingly overpowered the British fighter, too, with Boxing Scene also reporting the Ukrainian landed 25 more power punches on AJ, with 23 of those also coming in the final round.
Joshua suffered a suspected broken eye socket during the fight after the Ukrainian’s heavy left hand connected with his right eye, causing significant swelling that AJ later confirmed had stopped him from seeing his opponent.
Speaking after the fight, AJ said: "I couldn't see in the ninth round, couldn't see anything really because my eye was shut.
"It was a good experience because, in adversity, you've just got to learn to control yourself, stay on top of things, so when I couldn't see anything - it's the first time that it's happened in a fight."
"I never tend to look at the opponent. I just tend to look at myself and realise where I went wrong. So it's not so much what he done, it's the opportunities that I gave him. It's not so much him. I'm just going to go back and look at myself and correct my wrongs.”
But Joshua, who is now 22-2 in his fight career, also admitted he is “not a sulker” and is aiming to get back in the gym as soon as he can to bounce back from the defeat.
The British fighter also confirmed he would be activating the rematch clause in his contract with Usyk.News Now - Sport News