Almost two weeks ago the boxing world was stunned when former cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) beat Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) by unanimous decision. Usyk put on a beautiful display of boxing, while Joshua could not make the necessary changes to his game-plan and in turn lost his belts. Now, in just a few days Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) takes on Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) in a trilogy fight for the ages. Let’s unpack what happened with Joshua’s second loss and what could happen this weekend in the trilogy fight. Finally, how hard it can be to not only become two time heavyweight champion but the possibility of the even more rare three time champion.
In 2019, Andy Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) overcame being a 25-1 underdog odds and knocked Joshua out in the seventh round. This could be considered one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight boxing history. At the end of that same year the rematch took place in Saudi Arabia. AJ was able to make the changes and dominated the match. He won by unanimous decision and regained all his belts. Joshua entrenched himself as a two time world heavyweight champion. Fast forward to September 25th and we have the Joshua vs Usyk campaign. Usyk used footwork, head movement, adjustments, and a great left to gain all the belts. Joshua tried to make minimal adjustments and work the body of Usyk, but he would not be denied on that night. We just now wait for the proposed rematch to see if a three time champion of the heavyweight division can be made.
On the other end, let’s go back to the end of 2018 when the iconic first match between Wilder and Fury took place. The fight ended in a draw with the ludicrous knockdown of Tyson Fury late in the match and somehow he got up and finished the fight. Some called this fight quite controversial and led into the rematch in 2020. The rematch took place in Vegas and was overwhelmingly dominated by a master class Fury. He was able to win by seventh round knockout. After the fight accusations and excuses began to come out. After months of nothing and various happenings, things went to arbitration where a judge deemed the rematch as still necessary. The trilogy was set for July but after Fury tested positive for Covid the fight was pushed back to October 9th. This Saturday we will witness what could be another two heavyweight champion if Deontay Wilder has made the changes needed to overcome adversity yet again. Fury on the other hand will look to defend his WBC title and move on to take on Dillian Whyte.
The heavyweight division is one of those things that just scream excitement. With men who’s punching power can change a fight with only one powerful punch. This weekend touts one of the biggest punchers of all time against a one in a million talent in Tyson Fury. Anthony Joshua posses’ massive strength and hopes to become a three time heavyweight champion in his rematch. Usyk displayed why he is one of the best pound for pound boxers on the planet with elusive footwork and unique skills. Heavyweight boxing is once again on the up and up. The most exciting division in boxing is back this Saturday with a stellar undercard of heavy hitters. Imagine if we saw a two time heavyweight champion battle a three time heavyweight champion to be undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. The trilogy fight has been almost three years in the making and it’s final chapter is ready to be written.
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