Anthony Joshua's lost his second career bout last night against Oleksandr Usyk, an Ukrainian heavyweight boxer. Both men faced off against each other in the London Stadium yesterday and it was the South-paw Ukrainian who came out on top. We wouldn't say that the result was unexpected because prior to the fight, everyone knew that Usyk was a dangerous opponent for any top heavyweight right now. Joshua had once lost his heavyweight belts to Andy Ruiz Junior few years ago but he won it back in the rematch, boxing on the back foot and making use of his jabs. That bout raised questions about Joshua's ability to fight the top dogs like Tyson Fury aka the Gypsy King and Deontay Wilder aka The Bronze Bomber.
From last night's fight, we learnt two things that everyone have been saying; Anthony Joshua's footwork is not the best. Against Usyk, Joshua found it difficult to move as fluid as the Ukrainian and he regularly got caught with a swift jab from Usyk. The pace at which Usyk was throwing his left hook, right hook and jab combos was excellent and for the majority of the game, Joshua waited for an opportunity to unleash his powerful right hand, but it never came. Usyk did get hit with a few jabs from Joshua but those jabs did little damage other than in the 6 round when the Ukrainian looked wobbly.
Against opponents like Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, performances like this won't get Joshua the win, especially against Fury. We can argue that aside from his power, Wilder does not really have the footwork to outbox Joshua but Fury does. The Gypsy King remains the best out and out boxer this generation has ever seen and his footwork is unmatched. Chin for chin, Fury can withstand more upper cuts and left hooks than Anthony Joshua. Fury have never suffered a Knockout loss in his career and that's a testament to his ability.
Anthony Joshua would definitely be back, for a second bout with Oleksandr Usyk. Could happen early next year or mid 2022 but all we know is that a second fight is on its way, but his performances have not been convincing enough to say that he is up there with Tyson Fury or Wilder.
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