Anthony Joshua loses again to Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk

Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk has defeated Anthony Joshua again in their rematch in Saudi Arabia to retain his titles in a split decision victory.

Joshua was on Saturday night much better than the first fight but could not match the quality of Usyk.

It seemed the general consensus that Usyk dominated, but one judge favoured the Brit.

Usyk has now added the Ring Magazine belt to his collection as that was put on the line after Tyson Fury vacated the title with the Gypsy King appearing to hang the gloves up for good.

That now means that Usyk holds the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine titles, needing just the WBC title to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion for two decades since Lennox Lewis achieved the feat back in 2002.

Usyk has now made it back-to-back wins against Joshua after the first victory last September.

The result is a disaster for Joshua who couldn’t repeat his feat of bouncing straight back like he did with Andy Ruiz Jr.

Back then, the Brit lost the opening fight, having to give his titles up to Ruiz. He did however trigger his rematch clause, with AJ winning back his crowns the second time round, setting up the first bout with Usyk where he was dethroned again.

Joshua has now lost three of his last four fights.