Who Beat Anthony Joshua: Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, OBE is a professional boxer from the United Kingdom. He is a two-time former unified world heavyweight champion, having previously held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO belts from December 2019 to September 2021, as well as the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO crowns from 2016 to June 2019. From 2015 to 2016, he was the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, and he also competed internationally.
Joshua competed for England in the 2011 World Championships in the super-heavyweight event, where he took home a silver medal. Joshua was competing as an amateur. In addition, he represented Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics, where he took home a gold medal. The Ring magazine awarded him Prospect of the Year in 2014, a year after he made the transition from amateur to professional boxing.
In 2017, his victory against Wladimir Klitschko was recognized as the best fight of the year by The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America.
With his victory, Joshua becomes just the second British boxer, after James DeGale, to win both a gold medal at the Olympics and an official world championship from a major professional sanctioning organization. He also becomes the first British heavyweight to accomplish this feat.
The Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk upset Anthony Joshua on Saturday by winning by unanimous decision, shaking up the heavyweight division, and earning three heavyweight championship belts — the WBA, WBO, and IBF — at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England.
All three judges scored the bout in Usyk’s favor, with scores of 117-112, 116-112, and 115-113 for the Ukrainian.
As a result of his victory, Usyk advanced to a perfect 19-0 record, putting him in position for a probable meeting with the winner of the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder fight on Oct. 9.
Joshua (25-2) suffered his second defeat in the last four fights, having previously lost to Andy Ruiz by TKO in 2019 before beating Ruiz by unanimous decision in their rematch later in the year and then knocking out Bulgarian fighter Kubrat Pulev in 2020. Joshua had previously lost to Ruiz by TKO in 2019 before beating Ruiz by unanimous decision in their rematch later in the year and then knocking out Bulgarian fighter Kubrat Pulev in 2020.
Oleksandr Usyk has been crowned the new WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight champion of the world after outpointing Anthony Joshua in a thrilling exhibition of talent and nerve to win a clear and unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
A resounding win for Usyk was not unexpected, given the fact that he is an undefeated former undisputed world cruiserweight champion, and since there was universal agreement among boxing’s elite that Usyk is a far more natural and skilled fighter than Joshua before the match.
BoxRec, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and The Ring have all placed Joshua as the world’s third-best active heavyweight, while ESPN has him as the fourth-best current heavyweight. BoxRec has also classified Joshua as the seventh-best active boxer pound for pound as of October 2021.