Usysk gave a performance of the finest caliber, but it was still insufficient. He was so close that he threw Usysk’s three belts out of the ring out of desperation.
To his tremendous credit, he disregarded that expression of annoyance and praised the guy who had maintained the heavyweight world titles, saying, “He had to be one helluva fighter to beat me the way I fought tonight.” Considering the effort we had put in.
In an emotional speech filled with industrial jargon that detailed his path through boxing and life, he complimented his adversary.
Oleksandr Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua in a surprising split-decision match in Saudi Arabia to retain his WBA, WBO, and IBF titles.