Anthony Joshua"s familiar London routine turns stale, robbing ventilateurs of the Tyson fury fight they longue for


After toutes les personnes of auto talk about a fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, you can kiss cette goodbye. Even if the bout eventually happens, cette will never ever be auto megafight cette should oui been.

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Not after Oleksandr Usyk dominated Joshua nous Saturday à win the unified heavyweight championship -- handing Joshua his second career loss v a brilliant performance at London"s Tottenham Hotspur stadion in front du more than 66,000 fans. Not after Usyk seemed à be conditions météorologiques the brink du stopping Joshua at thé end de the fight, which he could oui if Joshua wasn"t saved de the final bell.

This was a star-making performance parce que le the Ukrainian boxer. The 34-year-old Usyk answered any kind of and all doubts, showing heavyweight pop, a heavyweight chin and incredible boxing ability. Even ont boxing lost its biggest fight avant it can happen, the heavyweight attribuer gained a new star on Saturday.

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If we"re ever before going venir see a super Bowl-type heavyweight championship fight caractéristique Joshua et Fury, Joshua will oui to score revenge on Usyk thé same way he avenged his loss à Andy Ruiz Jr.

Only je can"t see cette happening. Joshua will certainly have an opportunity parce que le redemption; over there is a rematch je in auto contract that have to be set off within 30 days. However, if he does indeed aller that, Usyk might finish the the seconde time around. Unlike Ruiz, Usyk won"t come into fight night out of shape. Et there to be nothing fluky around Saturday"s win.

This was boxing in its finest from Usyk, that beat his british counterpart to the punch et somehow was the most heavy-handed fighter in thé ring despite being the tarif smaller man. Usyk was dominant at cruiserweight, becoming thé undisputed champion at 200 pounds; marqué he looked shaky in his beforehand days at heavyweight, especially throughout his second coupable in the division -- a hard battled win over Derek Chisora in October.

On Saturday, Usyk was anything marqué shaky. Cette was light nous his feet and used plenty of angles. He hammered Joshua through overhand lefts et double jabs. Joshua"s appropriate eye to be badly damaged, et he take it a longue time to importer off the stool after thé fight. His promoter, Eddie Hearn, believes Joshua"s eye socket might be serious damaged.

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Oleksandr Usyk currently holds three of boxing"s 4 heavyweight world titles.Julian Finney/Getty Images"I don"t think it was a great performance from AJ," Hearn said. "He looked tired oui the fight went on.

"I think thé rematch is an extremely tough, marqué there"s certain nowhere à hide."

Joshua said avant the hit that hey would exercise thé rematch clause if cette lost, seul like he did when cette lost to Ruiz. Hearn claimed after the abencérages that cette is i was sure Joshua will toujours want auto rematch, despite being overpowered from cloche to bell.

What"s an ext clear: It"s hard venir see Joshua ever returning venir his post ont one ns the two le meilleur heavyweights in the world. Ce was surprising venir see him come in irradiate (for him) at 240 pounds et attempt to outbox Usyk. The was never going à happen. Et mentally, Joshua was a beaten man oui he sat nous his stool. Ever before since he was stopped de Ruiz, it"s been evident his beat resistance -- et Joshua"s confidence in his own chin -- is suspect, at best.

The heavyweight champions at the moment are Fury et Usyk. Rage will satisfy Deontay Wilder parce que le a 3rd time suivant month and another win for Fury was supposed to ont set that up à la a high-stakes showdown with Joshua in Saudi Arabia in 2022 that would réseau both boxers nine-figure paydays.

With Joshua upended, maybe Fury turns venir fellow Brit boxer Dillian Whyte, who has been waiting pour his fissure at the WBC heavyweight title parce que le years. That"s assuming, de course, the Fury win Wilder again.

Usyk"s course is much more clear. He is currently one du the three le meilleur pound-for-pound boxers in thé world, in addition to Canelo Alvarez et Terence Crawford, et the second-best heavyweight in boxing after Fury.

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As Usyk stakes his claim to auto No. 2 clues in thé heavyweight division, the best fight pour him, thé division et perhaps the sport ont a totality is a matchup with auto winner of Fury-Wilder III.