Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk scorecards released after thrilling fight

The scorecards for Oleksandr Usyk 's unanimous decision win against Anthony Joshua last night have been released.

Usyk outclassed Joshua in front of 67,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with all three judges awarding him the fight by scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113.

Notorious for being a slow starter, Usyk came firing out the blocks and landed the better shots in the opening rounds.

Joshua found his rhythm at the midway point of the fight but Usyk made the necessary adjustments to steer the fight in his favour, coming close to stopping 'AJ' at the final bell.

And Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn released all three judges' scorecards for the fight on his Instagram story.

UK judge Howard Foster was the only official to award the opening round to Joshua, with his final scorecard scoring seven rounds for Usyk.

US Judge Steve Weisfield thought Usyk won eight of the twelve rounds and Ukrainian judge Viktor Feschenko awarded the newly crowned champion nine rounds.

After eight rounds Foster had the fight scored for Joshua, Weisfield scored it a draw and Feschenko had it in favour of Usyk.

Usyk extended his unbeaten run to 19 fights, winning the heavyweight titles in just his third fight in the division.

The Ukrainian agreed to a rematch clause with Joshua before the fight, despite the clause not being obligatory.

His manager, Alex Krassyuk, said the rematch clause Joshua's team offered was fair which is why they accepted it.

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Hearn revealed after the fight that Joshua wants a rematch with Usyk, but he will first need to recover from a suspected injury to his eye socket.

He said: "I spoke to him, he is obviously devastated with the result but immediately he was focusing on training again. They are taking a look at the eye socket, but congratulations to Usyk he is an incredible fighter and well done.

"Usyk is very fit, was well conditioned and exercised his style very well in the fight and he was really good tonight and will go down in history tonight.

"This was a tough fight for AJ, getting beaten by a pound-for-pound best fighter and he will have to make changes for that defeat.

"We will have enough time, the fighter in AJ says he will win the rematch but I had it close before Usyk ran away with it at the end.

"But he has to make changes and impose his style to win the rematch, or he will lose again."

Joshua was targeting an undisputed clash with domestic rival Tyson Fury if he got through Usyk, but those plans have been spoiled by Usyk.

Fury is scheduled to face Deontay Wilder for the third time on October 9, with the winner potentially facing Usyk is an undisputed title fight.

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