Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua Results
Oleksandr Usyk retained his three heavyweight titles with a split-decision victory over Anthony Joshua in a rematch on Saturday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
One judge scored the bout for Joshua, 115-113, but was overruled by tallies of 115-113 and 116-112 in favor of Usyk, who defeated Joshua for a second time.
Joshua, who entered the ring as champion when the two met in September in London, fared far better in the return bout under the guidance of new trainer Robert Garcia, but it still wasn't enough.
After the decision was announced, Joshua (24-3, 20 KOs) grabbed the microphone and urged the crowd to cheer on Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) with "Hip-Hip Hooray!"
"This guy here is a phenomenal talent," Joshua said.
Usyk, 35, kept his WBA, WBO and IBF belts with a second victory over Joshua and is on a collision course with Tyson Fury.
The proposed Usyk-Fury matchup, one the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has eyed for December, is one of the biggest in all of boxing.