Joshua vs Usyk
The fight begins at White heartlane Tottenham Hotspur stadium with rancorous noise form fans in support of their respective boxers.
Anthony Joshua lost his world titles for the second time in four fights as Oleksandr Usyk was crowned heavyweight champion.
Favourite Joshua was on the back foot from the opening bell as Usyk made a fast start to his attempt to become a two-weight world champion.
And the Ukrainian had his rival in trouble at several points in the fight – and almost stopped him in the dying seconds with Joshua finishing the bout backed up on the ropes.
All three judges then awarded the fight to Usyk by scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113.
Joshua was defending his three world titles for the second time since snatching them back from Andy Ruiz Jr two years ago.
He had been out the ring since stopping Kubrat Pulev last Christmas – and had been poised to fight fellow world champion Tyson Fury this summer.
But Fury was instead ordered to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time, leaving Joshua to accept the challenge of Usyk.
The Ukrainian bulked up to heavyweight having conquered the cruiserweight division.
And the visitor landed a stinging left hook in the third round as he looked to press home his early advantage before he was served a reminder of Joshua’s power when the champion landed a right hand on the bell.
The home crowd did their best to rally their man to a response but he looked short of ideas through the fourth round.
Joshua’s right hand remained dangerous but he was unable to set up the shot with any conviction while Usyk’s precise movement was still giving cause for concern.
By the halfway stage it was still the challenger who was in control on the scorecards but Joshua offered a glimmer of hope by landing with his right hand towards the end of the sixth.
But Usyk had no intention of taking a step back and rocked Joshua with a left hand in the seventh round which sent him staggering towards the ropes.
Joshua switched his attacks to the body in the eighth round as he looked to soften up Usyk and narrow his likely deficit on the scorecards.
Usyk began to show the first signs of fatigue in the ninth round as Joshua managed to close the distance and force his rival to hold on.
Joshua’s right eye was beginning to swell up by the 10th round as both men showed an increasing willingness to trade at close quarters.
And Usyk looked to take full advantage of Joshua’s injury as his left hand continued to find its target in the penultimate session.
Joshua was left needing a stoppage in the final three minutes – but instead it was Usyk who finished strongly.
Ultimately, it was left up to the judges to seal Joshua’s fate and condemn him to a second professional defeat.
The fight continues with Joshua seemingly trying to trust his jab more, with the right hand hanging ready to get to work.
But Usyk’s confidence continued to radiate into the exchanges, moving sharp on his feet and continuing to be evasive.
Joshua was really struggling in this one, and was largely being outboxed by the supreme talent and ringcraft of Usyk.
Joshua tries to respond by driving shots into the chest, and doubling up on his jab but it continued to be a frustrating evening for Joshua.
Although he landed some neater right hands towards the bell, but Usyk used his jab as an escape to avoid any bother.
However it was the best round of the fight for Joshua, as he ended strongly landing a short right hand and marking the eye of Usyk.