Ukrainian West Ham fan Oleksandr Usyk and friend to AndriyYarmolenko outclassed Anthony Joshua at the Spurs stadium last night with display of boxing to claim the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts.
Usyk wobbled Joshua in the seventh round, and even had the home fighter on the ropes in the last 30 seconds of the 12th round, exhausted and in survival mode. The three judges – from the UK, Ukraine and the USA – scored the contest 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 all in favour of Usyk, the 34-year-old born in Crimea.
Defeat was described as “devastating” by Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn who said his boxer had complained of a lack of vision in one eye after a blow in the ninth round, but added that the Briton was also expressing his immediate desire for a rematch.
According to reports Yarmolenko booked a helicopter from Leeds Declan Rice and himself to fly to the fight directly after their win in Elland road.
While Yarmo was cheering on his friend and fellow countryman Dec was there for AJ’s camp.
Another defeat at Tottenham by West Ham pic.twitter.com/5H4c60r6PM
— Lew (@LewWhu) September 25, 2021