Oleksandr Usyk’s victory over Anthony Joshua sparks reactions across social media

Oleksandr Usyk put his WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles on the line in a rematch against former champion Anthony Joshua on Saturday.

They first met in September 2021 when Usyk won the titles with a unanimous decision win over the former champion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Prior to this fight, Joshua had been the huge favorite to face another English boxer in Tyson Fury for a chance to tie all four world heavyweight championships.

After winning their first fight, the Ukrainian-born Usyk was vocal about his skills.

“The fight went exactly as I expected,” he said. “There were times when Anthony pushed me hard, but nothing special. I didn’t have a goal to knock him out. My corner pushed me not to do that. You haven’t seen the best Usyk. I can be a lot better .”

This time, at the Jeddah Superdome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Usyk once again prevailed with Joshua. He retained all of his belts by earning a win via split decision. His successful title defense earned him praise from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor Took note of Usyk’s post-fight boxing skills.

“Usyk is some boxer.”

Conor McGregor

Usyk’s victory quickly made the rounds on social media with boxer Devin Haney, Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl Anthony-Towns and others joining in the action.

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Emma Bowman

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