Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2: Brit’s alarming punching stats from first fight

Usyk vs AJ 1 Punching Stats revealed

Anthony Joshua was famously defeated by Oleksandr Usyk in front of his home crowd last September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Ukrainian put on a clinic in the ring to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world, acquiring the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO belts.

He wasn’t able to get a much desired knockout against AJ, but that will be irrelevant to him. He outsmarted and outboxed him over 12 rounds to take a unanimous decision victory.

It’s just over a week away from the eagerly anticipated rematch as Joshua looks to regain his titles just like he did after his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.

Now, it has been two losses in his last three fights for Joshua after going undefeated until that point, so he desperately needs the win against Usyk to keep his career on the right tracks.

Find out everything you need to know about the fight from ring walks to streaming details here

However, he’ll likely have his work cut out as Usyk was far too good for him last time out, with the punching stats revealing as much.

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 29: Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua face off during the Oleksandr Usyk v Anthony Joshua 2 Press Conference on June 29, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Out of the 12 rounds, Usyk landed more punches than his opponent in seven of them which included a staggering 29 hits in the final round of the fight.

Joshua was desperately hanging on in the final round when the Ukrainian unloaded on him, with the Brit hanging in the ropes.

Throughout the fight, Usyk landed an impressive 148 punches with Joshua only able to land 123 himself before the final bell.

It was an overpowering performance from Usyk who landed 25 more power punched on his opponent, with 23 coming in that final round onslaught.

Not only was he landing more punches than AJ in the first fight, but Usyk was doing more at a much better success rate.

Throughout the bout he landed 28% body shots compared to 19.2% from Joshua. 16.8% of his jabs landed whereas AJ was little over 10 per cent at 12.2%

There was a similar large gulf in the power punches to the body landed, with Usyk managing to hit 43.6% of the time with his opponent only able to do so 33.2% of the time.

Usyk certainly inflicted physical damage on his opponent, breaking his eye socket during the fight, with it swelling up, preventing Joshua from being able to see out of it from the ninth round onwards.

One thing we do know is Joshua will have to be much better this time around to get his revenge and will need to correct those punching stats.

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