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Anthony Joshua def by Oleksandr Usyk, next fight, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, heavyweight boxing

Like a drunk Mario Kart player at 1.57am, Anthony Joshua simply just can’t steer clear of these banana skins.

And it is turning into more challenging and more challenging to protect what he’s supposed to be.

We could possibly get Tyson Fury versus Joshua a single working day. But it will not be the exact same. It will not be the lineal champion versus the undefeated brute, who appears to be like he was carved from stone.

No, it’ll be Fury, who has held up his aspect of the deal so far (and included a belt), versus Joshua, dethroned by a Snickers advocate, and then bullied by a previous cruiserweight.

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On Sunday, Joshua suffered the second defeat of his professional profession Oleksandr Usyk creating his Matchroom Boxing stablemate search less than spectacular.

Joshua tried out to box with Usyk. It did not perform.

And appropriate now, it is hard to determine out what we’re searching at.

Of system, we shouldn’t overreact — this is nonetheless the exact same dude who unified the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts.

But nonetheless, for the very last minimal although, he’s not in a position to outbox the most effective boxers — Usyk’s get portray a horrible photograph of what would happen versus Fury — and he can’t, or will not, punch with the most important punchers. On leading of that, although Joshua’s frame could possibly search like granite, his chin is seemingly produced of a little something a lot more frail.

Beaten.Source: Getty Pictures

It’s been four many years considering that Joshua survived that epic with Wladimir Klitschko. Considering that that, it is difficult to say he’s gone to a new stage. In simple fact, in numerous ways, he’s stalled now two-two about his very last four fights.

So, all of a unexpected, the heavyweight division is in a little bit of a mess many thanks in significant aspect to Usyk announcing himself as a real pound-for-pound celebrity, and in modest aspect to Deontay Wilder finding in the way.

Fury and Joshua ought to have now fought. But which is boxing.

In its place, Fury will battle Wilder a 3rd time — a battle you can view on Major Function on October ten — in a trilogy that could in the long run take away the American, for fantastic, from the ‘best’ heavyweight discussion.

Immediately after his battle, Joshua produced distinct that he’s eager to battle Fury or Wilder, with or devoid of the belts. But which is missing the level: it is the belts, the undefeated data that make a battle.

Joshua has a rematch clause, like he did versus Andy Ruiz, and you’d hope him to set off it. But he can’t financial institution on Usyk pulling a Ruiz permitting the fame and fortune get to him. Usyk was the unified champion of the cruiserweight division. He moved up with a goal in thoughts, and every thing he did versus Joshua looked repeatable — including his near-complete of the Brit right before the bell came in to save the working day.

The person with the belts.Source: Getty Pictures

With Joshua facing an uphill fight to get his belts back again, it begs the concern: who can defeat Fury? And at the minute, there is no distinct-cut answer if Wilder isn’t in a position to do it.

While Usyk was spectacular, Joshua did almost nothing to impose himself versus the smaller sized person a little something Fury can do, on leading of becoming in a position to box with him.

Boxing lovers talked up the revival of the heavyweight division when Fury, Wilder and Joshua ended up all undefeated and at the peak of their powers.

Now, they are wanting to know in which we go from here.