Oleksandr Usyk retained his world heavyweight boxing titles after beating Anthony Joshua on points in Saudi Arabia.
Joshua has improved his performance since his first fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September, but Usyk still proved to be too much for him over the 12 rounds, retaining his IBF, WBO and WBA (Super) belts, as well as selection the Ring magazine title vacated by Tyson Fury, with a split decision win.
One judge scored the fight 115-113 in favor of AJ, but the second had the same score for Usyk, with the third making it 116-112 for the world champion.
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Joshua came out of the blocks with more intensity than he did 11 months ago, with neither man backing down in a thrilling rematch.
The Ukrainian will now attempt to bring Fury out of retirement for a lucrative showdown to become boxing’s first undisputed blue-riband division champion since the great Lennox Lewis.
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