*As He Activates Rematch Clause
Former World Boxing Organization, WBO, World Boxing Association, WBA and International Boxing Federation, IBF, champions, Anthony Joshua, has said he has learnt valuable lessons following his ouster by Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, September 25.
Joshua made the remarking London in the aftermath of his humiliating point decision defeat to the Ukrainian.
Usyk made a mincemeat of Joshua as confirmed by the 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 scores on the three judges’ cards.
But available evidences indicate that the former champion was leading on all the judges’ card until the tide changed after suffering a hit in the right eye that made it impossible for him to see and or defend himself against the skillful Ukrainian.
According to the records, Joshua was ahead on all the judges’ card heading into the final quarters of the fight with a point, fuelling the argument that he would have retained his titles if the fight had been stopped following the accidental head butt that led to the eye bust.
While judge Viktor Fesechenko recorded 77-76 in favour of Usyk, Steve Weisfield leveled it with the same score for joshua. However, Howard Foster recorded 77-75 for the former champion, all at the end of the eight round.
The reports is however, in contrast with the position of the fans, most of whom are left in no doubt that Usyk gave Joshua an incontrovertible beating.
Like the fans, Matchroom promoter, Eddie Hearn, is of the view that Usyk, the better boxer of the night, had the upper hand, disappointed as he felt over the outcome.
“I feel gutted, but I feel just when you get beat like that by an unbelievable performance by a pound-for-pound genius, I don’t know what else you can do,” he told iFL TV.
Rather than feel down by the outcome, Hearn who felt there were things Joshua would have done differently, wants his ward to get over it and move on.
“You’ve just got to dust yourself down and be better. I don’t think it was a great performance from AJ but that may well have been because Usyk was so bloody good.
“So yes, there’s loads of things he can do differently, but putting them into play is going to be something that is hard to do.”
Usyk’s camp has since confirmed that Joshua has since activated the rematch clause. 2n-network.com is wishing he imbibed well the lessons learnt in the rematch if it ever materializes.