ANTHONY Joshua’s hope to recapture his unified heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk ended in utter disappointment as the Champion proved himself with a split decision over his challenger in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Saturday night.
In a clash billed as the Rage on the Red Sea, a spirited Joshua, 32, showed some aggressiveness and intent – a vast improvement from their first fight – but could not match the brilliance and ring savviness of the Ukrainian.
Two judges scored the fight 115-113 and 116-112 to Usyk, while a third judge gave it 115-113 to the challenger. While there were some close rounds, Usyk was the deserved winner.
Joshua suffers back-to-back defeats to Usyk, with the Ukrainian retaining the WBA (Super), WBO and IBF titles he won in London last September.