After defeating Anthony Joshua by unanimous decision, Oleksandr Usyk transformed the landscape of the heavyweight division. Here’s how Twitter reacted.
After dethroning heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua for the lion’s share of the heavyweight belt, Oleksandr Usyk just launched a bomb on boxing’s heavyweight division.
Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) was a strong favorite heading into his fight with Usyk on Sept. 25, but Usyk’s pedigree as an Olympic gold medalist and former undisputed cruiserweight champion made him more than just a live dog. With a perfect sweep of the judges’ scorecards, he earned a unanimous decision, proving his detractors wrong.
Usyk holds the WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight titles (19-0, 13 KOs). Because Joshua has a rematch clause, expect a rematch within the next six months.
Joshua was injured as a result of the bout. His right eye was enlarged and inflamed, possibly due to an orbital bone break. That’s a potentially career-ending injury, so hopefully, it’s not too terrible. Regardless, Usyk dominated for the majority of the fight and nearly knocked Joshua out in the 12th and final round.
Oleksandr Usyk received rave reviews on social media after his unanimous decision win over Oleksandr Usyk
Usyk, who is 34 years old, looked in great shape and had boxing Twitter buzzing. Fans, experts, and fellow fighters praised Usyk. Tyson Fury, a fellow heavyweight champion, and Deontay Wilder, a former WBC champion, were also silent. They will battle in a trilogy contest on Oct. 9. Within a year, the winner may find himself fighting Usyk for all the marbles.
Usyk’s victory sent shockwaves throughout the boxing world. On social media, folks were saying the following things.
Eddie Hearn has said Anthony Joshua WILL take the Oleksandr Usyk rematch: “The fighter in AJ is already talking about, ‘I’ll win the rematch.’ Usyk was the deserved winner. He’s got to make changes in the rematch. He will want to go straight back into that rematch.”
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) September 25, 2021
AND THE NEW! Usyk’s speed and movement prove too much for Anthony Joshua and is now the unified heavyweight champion
— Fight Hub TV (@FightHubTV) September 25, 2021
Done shook up the heavyweight division damn!!!!!! That’s how you take a championship. Not what I wanted to see. But he definitely earned it. Congrats @usykaa
— Claressa Gwoat Shields (@Claressashields) September 25, 2021
Dammmmn I gotta admit I didn’t think Usyk was gonna win I thought he was too small, but he gots the skills 💯 congratulations
— Vergil Ortiz Jr. (@VergilOrtiz) September 25, 2021