Anthony Joshua def by Oleksandr Usyk, subsequent struggle, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, heavyweight boxing

Like a drunk Mario Kart participant at 1.57am, Anthony Joshua merely can’t keep away from these banana skins.

And it’s turning into more durable and more durable to defend what he’s speculated to be.

We would get Tyson Fury towards Joshua someday. However it received’t be the identical. It received’t be the lineal champion towards the undefeated brute, who seems like he was carved from stone.

No, it’ll be Fury, who has held up his facet of the deal up to now (and added a belt), towards Joshua, dethroned by a Snickers advocate, after which bullied by a former cruiserweight.

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On Sunday, Joshua suffered the second defeat of his skilled profession; Oleksandr Usyk making his Matchroom Boxing stablemate look lower than spectacular.

Joshua tried to field with Usyk. It didn’t work.

And proper now, it’s tough to determine what we’re .

After all, we shouldn’t overreact — that is nonetheless the identical man who unified the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts.

However nonetheless, for the final couple of minutes, he’s not capable of outbox the perfect boxers — Usyk’s win portray a horrible image of what would occur towards Fury — and he can’t, or received’t, punch with the most important punchers. On prime of that, whereas Joshua’s body may appear to be granite, his chin is seemingly product of one thing extra frail.

Beaten.
Crushed.Supply: Getty Photographs

It’s been 4 years since Joshua survived that epic with Wladimir Klitschko. Since that, it’s onerous to say he’s gone to a brand new degree. In reality, in some ways, he’s stalled; now 2-2 over his final 4 fights.

So, hastily, the heavyweight division is in a little bit of a multitude; thanks largely to Usyk asserting himself as a real pound-for-pound famous person, and in small half to Deontay Wilder getting in the best way.

Fury and Joshua ought to have already fought. However that’s boxing.

As an alternative, Fury will struggle Wilder a 3rd time — a fight you can watch on Main Event on October 10 — in a trilogy that would finally take away the American, for good, from the ‘greatest’ heavyweight dialog.

After his struggle, Joshua made clear that he’s keen to struggle Fury or Wilder, with or with out the belts. However that’s lacking the purpose: it’s the belts, the undefeated data that make a struggle.

Joshua has a rematch clause, like he did towards Andy Ruiz, and also you’d anticipate him to set off it. However he can’t financial institution on Usyk pulling a Ruiz; letting the celebrity and fortune get to him. Usyk was the unified champion of the cruiserweight division. He moved up with a aim in thoughts, and every part he did towards Joshua regarded repeatable — together with his near-finish of the Brit earlier than the bell got here in to avoid wasting the day.

The person with the belts.Supply: Getty Photographs

With Joshua going through an uphill battle to get his belts again, it begs the query: who can beat Fury? And for the time being, there’s no clear-cut reply if Wilder isn’t capable of do it.

Whereas Usyk was spectacular, Joshua did nothing to impose himself towards the smaller man; one thing Fury can do, on prime of having the ability to field with him.

Boxing followers talked up the revival of the heavyweight division when Fury, Wilder and Joshua had been all undefeated and on the peak of their powers.

Now, they’re questioning the place we go from right here.

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