Oleksandr Ussyk stole Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight belts on the Brit star’s home turf on Saturday night – only to give them straight back.
AJ, 31, lost his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO titles after being stunned by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Ukrainian, 34, looked dominant as he surged to a unanimous points win, leaving Joshua’s dreams of a £500million showdown with fellow Brit Tyson Fury seemingly in tatters.
But while both fighters exchanged crunching blows in the ring, they continued to show their incredible mutual respect out of it.
After the bout, Usyk posed in the ring with his new belts after becoming the new heavyweight champion.
But the former cruiserweight immediately darted to the changing rooms to give them straight back to AJ afterwards.
Despite the loss, Joshua will get to keep the belts, with Usyk to be sent fresh ones.
And the Brit will desperately kickstart his ‘road to undisputed’ as he vows to fight Fury in the future.
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