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‘I Am The Most Dangerous Man In Boxing Today,’ Says Deontay Wilder After Bellew Loss, Oleksandr Usyk Beats Anthony Joshua

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[ This article was updated at 10:20pm to include the full text and a video of Usyk-Joshua.]

Deontay Wilder’s theory of “selling a war” before Saturday night was mocked by Deontay Wilder after Oleksandr Usyk upset Anthony Joshua to keep the heavyweight title — a quarter century in the making.

In dominating Joshua, the WBO, WBA and IBF champion, Usyk defended his titles on his home turf, earning a unanimous 12-round decision in front of a glistening crowd of 18,000 in the Olympiahalle.

Wilder took some cheap shots before his Saturday night fight with Tyson Fury, calling his rival the “Devil” and saying Fury will be his “death.”

Usyk’s explicit win was even worse, as the Ukrainian came out swinging like he was in the first round of a slugfest.

Joshua looked slow and inaccurate at times, always behind in the fight, and he couldn’t seem to turn up the heat on Usyk.

If you’re wondering, Usyk’s win over Joshua isn’t the only thing that impressed Mr. Sports Illustrated. [Yes, that’s the name of Usyk’s old MMA promotion.]

But what might have made Usyk’s technical knockout win even more fascinating was that it came against Joshua, who had him down in each of the first two rounds, though neither seemed to affect the outcome.

Even after Usyk’s win, there’s still not a true heavyweight champion. Usyk and Wilder fight next. Then a Russian could end up the heavyweight champ (and the one with whom Wilder feuds).

Check out this video of the Oleksandr Usyk–Anthony Joshua fight:

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