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Jubilant Vasyl Lomachenko unable to control himself as Usyk clobbered AJ on the ropes in world title triumph


The usually stoic Vasyl Lomachenko was unable to control himself as he roared compatriot Oleksandr Usyk to victory against Anthony Joshua.

Joshua’s reign as world heavyweight champion was brought to a crushing end by the Ukrainian as he dominated from the first bell to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF world titles.

Joshua could barely open his eye by the end of the fight

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Joshua could barely open his eye by the end of the fight

Usyk was giving up three inches in height and four in reach, as well as nearly 20lbs in weight, but the former undisputed world cruiserweight champion’s technical acumen came to the fore in an electric atmosphere.

Joshua finished the bout slumped against the ropes as his smaller foe looked for a dramatic finish and it was wildly celebrated by his compatriot at ringside.

Lomachenko, decked in a bucket hat, was jumping up and down and screaming at his friend as he urged him on and sought a finish which few could have predicted.

Instead, we went to the judges and scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 were just reward after a near-masterclass from the unbeaten Usyk.

Usyk is the new WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion

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Usyk is the new WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion

Lomachenko was not his usual calm self

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Lomachenko was not his usual calm self

The 34-year-old became only the third fighter after Evander Holyfield and David Haye to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight.

Joshua, who was obligated to face WBO mandatory challenger Usyk after a bout against Fury fell through earlier this year, seemed accepting of the result when the scores came as he suffered just the second defeat of his career.

The heavyweight action continues when Tyson Fury fights Deontay Wilder in their trilogy match on October 9, exclusively live on talkSPORT



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