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Jesus Christ gave me victory over Anthony Joshua - New heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk

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It sounds strange but it is true. Newly crowned multiple world heavyweight boxing champion, Oleksandr Usyk has dedicated his shock victory over Anthony Joshua in Saturday's fight in London to Jesus Christ, the widely acclaimed progenitor of the Christian faith.

The former Cruiserweight champion who is so far unbeaten in the ring (with 19 wins in 19 fights!) won in impressive style as he bested his British-born Nigerian opponent, winning on unanimous points decision -- 117-112 -- in a fight watched by thousands of his countrymen and women at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night.

The feat, viewed by pundits as probably one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight boxing history got the Ukrainian pugilist elated to the point of acknowledging Jesus Christ -- the acclaimed Messiah who according to legend gave his life as a ransom for the remission of the sins of mankind -- as the doer.

According to reports, Usyk had been so commanding on his way to dethroning Joshua that he bested him in almost all the rounds of their 12-round fight.

Usyk who appears to have now avenged Joshua's defeat of former champion, Wladimir Klitschko, a fellow Ukrainian, even revealed in a post-match interview that he could easily have spiced his overall dominance of Joshua with a knockout but held back at the advice from his corner.

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"This means a lot to me. The fight went the way I expected it to go. There were moments Anthony pushed me hard but it was nothing special," an elated Usyk told BBC Sport after the fight.

" I had no objective to knock him out because my corner pushed me not to do that. In the beginning, I tried to hit him hard, but then, I stuck to my job.

" The only thing I wanted to do with this fight is to give praise to Jesus Christ. I have been working so hard since January in preparation for this fight, it took half a year and didn't see my family for so long.

"I missed seeing them playing. I want to go home and be happy with my family and I'm not thinking about the rematch," he added.

With the victory, Usyk, 34, became heavyweight champion in all the three weight divisions -- the WBA, WBO and IBF -- in which Joshua hitherto dominated and in which he also had the belts.

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