Eddie hearn, President of Matchroom, I consider that Oleksandr Usyk became the second best pound for pound behind Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez.
“Two, yes, after Canelo”, Replied the promoter in a press conference. “When I was cruiserweight, everyone said I was in the top 5 pound for pound. But then it went all the way up and got lost on the radar. But after this victory, he has to be at the top of the pound-for-pound rankings. “
The Ukrainian defeated by unanimous decision by cards of 117-112, 115-113 and 116-112 to Anthony Joshua to become the new complete champion for the FIB, WBA and OMB.
Usyk remains undefeated in 19 fights with 13 knockouts, after dominating for much of the contest at AJ.
“When you see his career in beating Huck on Germany, Gassiev on Russia, Breidis on Latvia, Bellew on Manchester, Chisora at United Kingdom, Joshua”, He commented. “Is incredible. Maybe we should have made a detour and put the belt in the trash can. But that’s not about AJ. And I come to give him credit, I hope people give it to him ”.
This was the third bout of Oleksandr in heavy weight, after passing through super middleweight and cruisers.
From the opening bell he felt much faster, he moved much more and in some moments got to put Joshua in trouble.
The British boxer improved as the contest progressed, but Usyk he modified his plan and closed the fight better to become the new world champion.
“I see people who criticize him ( Joshua) ”, He added Eddie hearn. “You know, ‘You didn’t box well. Oh, it’s not that good. ‘ But he has shown that he is willing to fight against all challengers and I think they should recognize him for that fight with Usyk ”.
When Joshua and Usyk agreed to the fight, they also signed a rematch clause in case AJ lose.
The Ukrainian boxer asked for time to go to rest with his family and then he will see if he will face again Anthony Joshua.
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