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Anthony Joshua breaks his silence after devastating OIeksandr Usyk defeat

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Anthony Joshua admitted his world was “crumbling” after his defeat by Oleksandr Usyk last night.

The Brit lost his heavyweight world titles for the second time in four fights after being outclassed by his challenger.

All three judges awarded Usyk a deserved victory as he joined an illustrious group of fighters who have won cruiserweight and heavyweight world titles.

Joshua, who suffered a suspected broken eye socket, embraced his conqueror backstage after the bout before tweeting: “Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you! London I love you and thank you each and every time!”

Usyk was giving up three inches in height and four in reach, as well as nearly 20lbs in weight, but the former undisputed world cruiserweight champion’s technical acumen came to the fore in an electric atmosphere.

Joshua finished the bout slumped against the ropes as his smaller foe looked for a dramatic finish and while it was not forthcoming, Usyk claimed the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

Scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 were just reward after a near-masterclass from the unbeaten Usyk, who became only the third fighter after Evander Holyfield and David Haye to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight.

Joshua, who was obligated to face WBO mandatory challenger Usyk after a bout against Fury fell through earlier this year, seemed accepting of the result when the scores came as he suffered just the second defeat of his career.

As well as giving up several physical advantages to Joshua, Usyk had to contend with the hostile atmosphere that greeted his entrance to the ring from the 66,267 fans that attended this bout.

But he retained an intense focus throughout and his combination of speed and almost non-stop movement from an awkward southpaw stance befuddled Joshua, whose right eye became increasingly swollen as the fight wore on after a succession of rapid left hands found their mark.

oshua was hurt on several occasions, most notably in the final seconds of the fight as a flurry of punches sent the Briton reeling back to the ropes, just about hanging on from the onslaught before being put out of his misery by the judges.

Usyk, who revealed earlier in the week his new-look shaven head and moustache was a nod to his Cossack ancestry, said via a translator on Sky Sports: “The fight went exactly as I expected it to go.

“There were a couple of moments when Anthony pushed me hard but nothing special. I had no objective to knock him out because my corner pushed me not to do that. At the start, I hit him and tried to knock him out but my trainer said ‘just stop and do your job’.”

The 34-year-old Ukrainian, who won Olympic heavyweight gold at London 2012 the day before Joshua memorably topped the podium in the super-heavyweight category, was slippery and threw in plenty of feints as his opponent tried without much success to establish his jab.

But Usyk reasserted his authority at the start of the second half of the fight, another left hook sending Joshua staggering backwards before regaining his footing. Even at this point it seemed Joshua’s grasp on his titles was slipping.

Another savage left in the ninth drew a nod of appreciation from Joshua, who had developed a welt under one of his eyes. Both combatants seemed to slow down in the championship rounds but Usyk was still noticeably quicker than his foe.

Joshua entered the last round needing at least one or two knockdowns to have an impact on the scorecards but he could not fashion anything and it was Usyk who closed the show as the bell came to his opponent’s rescue.

This was just Usyk’s third fight at heavyweight, having moved up to boxing’s blue riband division two years ago.

A pattern was established as Joshua was unable to get going and he had his head jolted back by a picture-perfect left-cross from Usyk, who upped the ante only to get a warning shot back from the champion.

But it was a fantastic start from the challenger, whose only concern early on was a small cut underneath his right eye, although Joshua got his right hand working in the fifth and sixth rounds, undoubtedly his best in the fight.

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Tobi Amusan wins 100m hurdles gold

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Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan has won the gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The world champion successfully defended her title at the Alexander stadium on Sunday.

This is coming days after she won gold and bagged the world record at the World Athletics Championships in the US.

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Ligue 1: What PSG coach said about Messi after bicycle goal against Clermont

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Paris Saint-Germain manager, Christophe Galtier has hailed Lionel Messi after the Argentine forward scored a bicycle kick in his side’s 5-0 win over Clermont in the Ligue 1 fixture on Saturday evening.

Galtier watched as PSG cruised to their first win of the new Ligue 1 season, with a 5-0 victory away to Clermont.

A brace from Messi and a goal each from Neymar, Achraf Hakimi and Marquinhos gave PSG the win over Clermont.

Messi scored an overhead kick, which even got the opposition fans on their feet to applaud him in the second half of the encounter.

Speaking after his side’s win, Galtier said of Messi during his post-match press conference: “I spoke with Leo during our stay in Japan and with the defensive sector as well to ensure that he can perform well all the time.

“He has a very sharp, very clear tactical sense. He quickly sees where he has to put himself, and the way he positions himself to play, he’s in an area he likes. He likes to play with the players around him. When Leo smiles, the team smiles too.

“He has been playing at a very high level for 17 years. He had a difficult season last year, he was getting used to it.

“All seasons before, it was a minimum of 30 goals. From the moment he has made complete preparation, that he has his bearings in terms of his family life and his club, his team and his partners, there is no reason for him not to have a great season. When he is playing with Kylian, we’ll have even more offensive power.”

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Ronaldo finally gets Champions League club as another defender set to leave Old Trafford

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Turkish side, Galatasaray, have entered the race to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, according to Marca.

Before now, it has been clubs from Saudi Arabia and Brazil showing interest in the 37-year-old striker who is reportedly desperate to find a new club this summer.

Ronaldo wants to play in the Champions League next season and Galatasaray can make that possible for him.

The Turkish SuperLig side have come forward and are interested in the forward.

Ronaldo is lacking options from Europe’s elite clubs as many have rejected the chance to sign him.

The stories started when the player liked an Instagram comment asking him to move to the Turkish club.

Meanwhile ,Manchester United defender, Eric Bailly is set to become the second defender to quit Old Trafford for Sevilla this summer.

Bailly is set to join Alex Telles in Seville as he has been told he can leave United as new manager Erik ten Hag looks to reduce the size of his squad.

TalkSports reports that the centre-back has been offered the chance to join United teammate Alex Telles in Andalusia.

TalkSPORT believes Bailly, whose United career has been ravaged by injury, is open to making the move to LaLiga.

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