Many believe that the event of Usyk vs Joshua would have been a milestone in boxing history, one that could have dramatically changed the future of heavyweight boxing. In this article, we are given an inside look at how it all could have gone down if the fight had ended up going down differently.
Where do we go from here?
For a while, the future of heavyweight boxing looked bleak. Two great champions, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko, had both retired in 2013 and the division was devoid of any real talent. Enter Joshua and Usyk. These two young up-and-comers have reinvigorated the heavyweight division, putting on exciting fights and enticing fans with their dynamic styles. Who knows where the division will go from here? There are many possibilities, but one thing is for sure: it’s been a pleasure watching these two fighters compete.
Usyk and Joshua’s fight at MSG
If you have been living under a rock for the past few years, then you probably haven’t heard of Ukrainian heavyweight boxing champion and WBA (World Boxing Association) world champion Vasyl Lomachenko. Usyk is the undisputed cruiserweight and WBO (World Boxing Organization) world champion who was scheduled to fight Lomachenko this past May in what would have been one of the biggest fights in boxing history. However, due to an injury Usyk suffered a few weeks before the fight, he was forced to withdraw from the bout.
This left Lomachenko facing off against German contender Dominic Breazeale, who Lomachenko easily dispatched in a very dominant performance. This led many people to wonder if Usyk’s injury was really that serious or if it was just a ploy by Usyk and his team to avoid a tougher opponent. After all, Usyk had already defeated two top-10 heavyweights (Stanley Kubo and Tony Bellew), so why would he risk his undefeated record against an up-and-coming fighter like Breazeale?
There is no definitive answer to this question, but it is possible that
What could have happened if the result had gone the other way?
If it weren’t for Ukrainian boxer and world champion, Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua would still be the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion. Joshua faces Usyk in a rematch later this year, in what is being billed as the biggest fight in British boxing history. If Joshua loses to Usyk, he would likely forfeit his world titles and could have been replaced by Usyk on the pound for pound list.
How did Joshua vs Usyk change the future of heavyweight boxing?
The fight between Joshua and Usyk was a major event in the heavyweight division. Joshua, who is British, became the new WBA (World Boxing Association) champion after he defeated Usyk by knockout in the 11th round. This win made Joshua the first British heavyweight champion in history. The fight sparked a lot of interest in the heavyweight division, and it is now considered to be one of the most exciting fights of all time. Joshua vs Usyk has already changed the future of heavyweight boxing, and there is no doubt that it will continue to do so in the future.
The fight between Joshua and Usyk was one for the history books. The heavyweight division was on the brink of being revolutionized, and Joshua did just that. Usyk was an experienced fighter, but Joshua was a different story. He came into the fight with knockout power and determination. This is why Joshua vs Usyk could have changed the future of heavyweight boxing.
First and foremost, it showed that Joshua is a true champion. He has been through so much adversity in his career, but he never backs down from a challenge. This makes him a very valuable asset to any organization, be it boxing or otherwise. In addition, Joshua’s knockout power impressed many observers. It is rare to see a fighter with this kind of skill set in today’s heavyweight division. Usyk was not immune to this either; he had his moments in the ring. Nevertheless, Joshua’s power proved to be too much for Usyk on Saturday night (April 8th).
This fight also set some new precedents for the heavyweight division as a whole. Previously, fights between heavyweights were always contested at maximum weight. Joshua vs Usyk demonstrated that these contests