Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk punch stats show new champion’s dominance in fight

The punch stats have been revealed for Oleksandr Usyk ‘s decision win against Anthony Joshua last night.

Usyk outpointed Joshua to win the WBO, WBA, IBO and IBF heavyweight titles at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, with the judges scoring the fight 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113.

Joshua was the betting favourite heading into the fight, having a big size advantage over Usyk and weighing almost 20lbs more than the Ukrainian.

But Usyk used his superior footwork and movement to outclass ‘AJ’, with the official stats of the fight showing the newly crowned champion’s dominance.

Usyk outlanded Joshua by 148 to 123, with 96 of those being power punches. Both men landed the same amount of jabs – 52 – but Usyk had a 16.8% success rate whilst Joshua’s was 12.2%.

Usyk outstruck Joshua last night

The final round saw Usyk throw 68 punches, landing 29 of those as he came close to stopping Joshua at the final bell.

And speaking after his title win, Usyk said the fight went the way he thought it would.

He said: “This means a lot for me. The fight went the way I expected it to go. There were moments when Anthony pushed me hard but it was nothing special.”

“I had no objective to knock him out because my corner pushed me not to do that. In the beginning, I tried to hit him hard, but then I stuck to my job.”

Joshua was hoping a win against Usyk would set up an undisputed title fight against domestic rival Fury, with the pair’s scheduled fight last month being cancelled after an arbitration judge ruled in favour of Deontay Wilder’s trilogy with Fury.

But he fell short in his efforts to hand Usyk the first loss of his career, meaning his highly anticipated showdown with Fury will have to wait.

Can Joshua beat Usyk in a heavyweight rematch? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Fury is scheduled to defend his WBC heavyweight for the first time against Wilder next month in Las Vegas.

And Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is adamant that Joshua wants a rematch with Usyk, with February or March of next year being a targeted date for the fight.

He said: “He will want to go back in that rematch, and he will be the underdog in that fight but he has just been beaten by a pound-for-pound great.

“You can criticise Anthony Joshua, but he has just fought a great and he is fighting the very best, and tonight he came off second best.

“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.”

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