Anthony Joshua vs Usyk LIVE: Fight result, reaction and boxing highlights

Follow live reaction after the Briton lost his IBF, WBO and WBA titles at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Dylan Terry,Jack Rathborn
Sunday 26 September 2021 12:13
Anthony Joshua arrives at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for his fight with Usyk

Follow live coverage after Oleksandr Usyk produced a flawless display of boxing to beat Anthony Joshua and dethrone him as world heavyweight champion.

The former unified cruiserweight champion was punch perfect as he hurt Joshua early and often on his way to a deserved and unanimous points victory (117-112, 116-112, 115-113) in front of more than 63,000 fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Ukrainian’s performance hands Joshua only the second professional defeat of his career in just his third fight at heavyweight and leaves hopes of an all-British clash with Tyson Fury in tatters.

Instead a rematch to attempt win back his IBF, WBO and WBA straps will surely be next after a chastening evening for the now former champ. Follow live reaction and analysis below from a big night of boxing at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium:


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Hatton vs Martinez

Really nice left hook from Hatton towards the end of a pretty quiet third round. Martinez still looks very comfortable in there, strutting around as if he is only just getting started.

Hatton probably behind on the cards after three rounds. Much, much closer than we all thought.

Dylan Terry25 September 2021 20:05

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Hatton vs Martinez

This has become a slugfest already. Martinez is landing too frequently at the moment. Hatton comes back with some decent left hooks of his own but his feet are under him and he’s too far away when trying to land the right.

Much closer round. Martinez already outperforming expectations.

Dylan Terry25 September 2021 20:02

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Hatton vs Martinez

Oh, hello! Martinez has started like an absolute train! He clips Hatton with a couple of glancing blows and then gets through with a superb uppercut-right hook combination! Hatton looks a little wobbly on his legs for a moment and Martinez throws his arms up as if to say ‘I can deal with all you’ve got’.

Only six rounds, this. Martinez definitely won the opener.

Dylan Terry25 September 2021 19:59

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And here comes the challenger. Oleksandr Usyk is also in the building. We are just two hours away until the Ukrainian steps into the ring with Anthony Joshua.

Dylan Terry25 September 2021 19:55

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Castillo update from Hearn. The Dominican fighter was brutally knocked out by Callum Smith earlier this evening.

Dylan Terry25 September 2021 19:54

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Hatton vs Martinez

Here we go then with the third televised fight of the evening. Florian Marku and Callum Smith have already picked up very different victories. Now it’s the turn of Campbell Hatton, the son of legendary British fighter Ricky.

Ricky is ringside to watch his son this evening. Campbell, who is campaigning at lightweight, will want to put on a show for those in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It’s filling up very nicely now.

Dylan Terry25 September 2021 19:52

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Here is the world heavyweight champion arriving at the stadium.

Dylan Terry25 September 2021 19:50

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Little shot of Smith being congratulated by AJ as he returns to the dressing room. A good win for Smith, but Joshua has another level of pressure on his shoulders this evening.

Not that you’d know it from looking at him...

Dylan Terry25 September 2021 19:46

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Next up on tonight’s show is the son of a legend. No, it’s not more Eddie Hearn. It’s Ricky Hatton’s son Campbell.

Campbell, 20, is competing in his fourth professional fight tonight. Still a raw novice, but an exciting fighter nonetheless. He takes on Sonni Martinez, who has a record of two wins and four defeats.

Spoiler: Hatton wins.

Dylan Terry25 September 2021 19:42

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Lenin Castillo has gone to hospital because of ‘precautionary measures’, according to Sky Sports. He is said to be conscious.

Good news.

Dylan Terry25 September 2021 19:38

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