Three contemplations on Oleksandr Usyk’s success over Anthony Joshua in their profoundly expected rematch.
It was repeat, not retaliation
For a really long time there have been tales about the “new” Anthony Joshua. About his new mentor, or coaches, with Robert Garcia and Angel Fernandez taking the rules from Rob McCracken. About Joshua’s new mentality, explicitly his demand that he would crush — Joshua’s assertion, not our own — Oleksandr Usyk in the rematch.
Ends up, Usyk-Joshua II seemed to be the first.
Usyk was, indeed, Usyk. His head development was superb. His footwork was splendid. His safeguard, especially when it came to slipping Joshua’s punches, was right on track. He caused problems in the 10th round, when a Joshua body assault put him on the run, yet he recuperated with a prevailing 10th, where he battered Joshua with cutting left hands. Battling at 221 pounds — generally a similar weight he was at for the last battle — Usyk looked agreeable in the division he’s currently authoritatively one of the men to beat
Joshua? To the extent that changes go, there wasn’t a large number. Joshua was more dedicated to the body — AJ and his group accepted Usyk was weak there — however past the 10th round he didn’t convey a supported assault. The firefight Joshua alluded to never appeared. He permitted the battle to occur to a great extent in the center of the ring (like the principal battle), permitted Usyk to generally direct the speed (same) and ended up on some unacceptable finish of a choice.
Usyk wins — is Tyson Fury next?
Appears glaringly evident, no? Usyk has three bits of the heavyweight title. Fierceness has the fourth. After the battle, Usyk said he would battle Fury or he wouldn’t battle once more. Once more, rage, who resigned recently, took to online entertainment and, utilizing some beautiful language, acknowledged. Rage Usyk isn’t so large as Fury-Joshua, yet an undisputed heavyweight title battle is no joking matter anyplace, in the UK or abroad. Anticipate that Fury and Usyk’s groups should get together and arrive at an arrangement rapidly.
Joshua must now recreate
There’s no disgrace in losing to Usyk, who has a genuine case to be known as the No. 1 pound-for-pound contender in boxing. However, Joshua has a work to do. He has now lost two straight and three of his last five battles. He’s not a similar warrior who tore through the heavyweight division from the get-go in his vocation. The daring power puncher who halted Wladimir Klitschko has been supplanted by a more conditional contender less able to lock in. He’s as yet a draw and, outfitted with a newly marked worldwide freedoms manage DAZN, will bring in a lot of cash. His homegrown level battles will sell better compared to most enormous battles. Yet, it very well may be a drawn out, difficult experience back.
Furthermore, … does he need to return? No doubt, indeed, yet it’s reasonable to inquire. The Klitschko battle removed something from Joshua. The Ruiz misfortune took more. He’s a fighter puncher who lately has become undeniably more the previous than the last option. Toss in an odd post-battle second — Joshua originally threw two of the belts on the ring cover, left the ring, returned to the ring, appeared to irately defy somebody ringside, got back to the ring to get a mic and offer an irreverence bound, semi congrats to Usyk and afterward left without leading a conventional post-battle interview — and it’s difficult to tell what Joshua is thinking.
In any case, at 32, Joshua can quickly return. This was his most memorable battle with the Garcia/Fernandez couple preparing him, and it makes sense he will get better with additional time working with them. The heavyweight division stays stacked. After several certainty supporting successes, Joshua can make millions on the homegrown level, where Dillian Whyte and Joe Joyce are accessible, or in the U.S., where a standoff with Deontay Wilder, gave Wilder wins his bounceback battle in October, is as yet attractive. Also, don’t excuse the chance of him confronting Fury not too far off.
The misfortune to Usyk was a difficulty. In any case, assuming Joshua needs it, it’s one he can survive.