By John Efosa
Ukrainian professional boxer Oleksandr Usyk hasa retainined his titles after defeating Anthony Joshua at the Rage On The Red Sea in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah on Saturday.
Usyek won the game with an impressive and exciting match filled with enthusiasts.
The 35-year-old Usyk kept his WBA, WBO and IBF belts six months after serving in the Ukrainian army.
The historical rematch between the professional boxers ended at the round 12 by split decision.
Thousands of boxing fans attended the match at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium Arena in Jeddah as millions spectators around the world watched the game behind screens.
Though defeated, Joshua said in his speech at the end of the game,”I’m a new breed of heavyweights.”
He also praised Usyk’ powerful performance saying,”this guy here is a phenomenal talent.”
It is noteworthy that Usyk has won over Joshua for the second time in a row.
Last September in London. Joshua demanded a rematch with Usyk, which happened for the first time in the history of heavyweight competitions after 1999.
Usyek retained his WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO titles, as well as he also added an additional title, “the Ring Magazine” which the boxer Tyson Fury abandoned earlier this week.
The Rage On The Red Sea was attended by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki.
The biggest rematch in boxing history had carried with it during these days several historical events taking place in the Kingdom, the first of which was the first women’s boxing match in Saudi Arabia, in which Ramla Ali defeated her Dominican opponent Crystal Garcia Nova.
Additionally, the winning of the first Saudi professional boxer, Ziyad Al-Maayouf over his Mexican opponent Alfredo Alatorre on the first-round with a big knockout (KO).