Alexander Usyk bested Anthony Joshua by split decision to Tyson Fury.

Oleksandr Usyk retained his three heavyweight titles with a split-decision victory over Anthony Joshua in a rematch in Jeddah Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

A judge scored 115–113 for Joshua, but lost by scores of 115–113 and 116–112 in favor of Usyak, who beat Joshua for the second time.

Joshua entered the ring as champion when the two met in London in September, a comeback match with new coach Robert Garcia had a poor run but it was still not enough.

After the decision was announced, Joshua grabbed the microphone and urged the crowd to cheer with Usyk.

Usyk maintains his WBA, WBO and IBF belts with a second win over Joshua and is on a collision course with Tyson Fury who holds the WBC belt for the undisputed heavyweight championship.

Tyson Fury is not yet retired, said Usyak ESPN’s No. 2 heavyweight and No. 6 pound-for-pound boxer.

The proposed Usyk-Fury matchup the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is looking forward to December, is the biggest of all boxing. Fury claimed he had retired after an April win over Dillian White only to announce a return earlier this month. After a conversation with Derek Chisora Fury changes course and insists again that he is retired.

I’ll finish them both that night,” Fury said in a video posted to Instagram after Usyk’s win on Saturday night. Get out your finger checkbook because the Gypsy King is here to stay forever!

Bob Arum, chairman of Fury’s promoter Top Rank, told ESPN’s Mark Craigle in San Diego that he believes the purse split should be 50-50.

As Fury contemplates his future, Usyk prepares for a rematch with Joshua in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, after leaving war-torn Ukraine with his wife and three children. Usyk originally joined a regional defense battalion when Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

In the lead-up, Usyk said he was inspired by the people of Ukraine who are working hard to defend our freedom and made sure Joshua Fighting is available on free-to-air TV back home.

Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk said, “I want to thank everyone who prayed for me. I dedicate this victory to my country, my family, my team to all the military members who defend the country.

Saturday’s fight forced Usyk to avoid perhaps the most unfavorable moment of his professional career. Joshua, focused on a body attack, was eventually eliminated in Round 9, wounding Usyk with a bundle of shots.

Champion was trembling as Joshua threatened him around the ring with punches to the head and midsection. Joshua threw 67 punches in the ninth and doubled his fight on 28.

But before he could really capitalize, Usyk hit back and responded with his best-round fight. Now, it was running around as Joshua Usik and firing lightning punches from all angles. A sharp Joshua counter right hand momentarily stopped  Usyk but Usyk strikes with the same.

Usyk made 39 out of 95 punches in Round 10, both of which were high.

It is already history, Usyk like Joshua, won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. Many generations are going to see this fight, especially in the times when someone tried to beat me hard.

Usyak came strong with a major round 11, when his movement foiled the big round and a brutal round when Joshua broke in an attempt to score a knockout.

The 32-year-old from England was trying to become a three-time heavyweight champion. He was looking to regain his three titles in a rematch in Saudi Arabia for the second time.

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