Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher took to Twitter after Anthony Joshua lost his heavyweight titles to Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night
Jamie Carragher articulated the thoughts of boxing fans thoughts everywhere after Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.
The Ukrainian became only the third boxer to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight, after Evander Holyfield and David Haye.
And having been undisputed world champion at cruiserweight, he would repeat the feat in the top division if he were to win the WBC strap, currently owned by Tyson Fury.
Joshua had hoped to fight Fury himself in what would have been all-British heavyweight unification fight.
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But that now looks unlikely – unless the 31-year-old can win back the WBA, IBF and WBO belts in a rematch with Usyk.
“Is that Fury v Joshua off the cards now? #JoshuaUsyk,” the former Liverpool defender said.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn previously said his fighter could take on Fury even without titles on the line, given the appetite for the all-British clash among fans.
But it seems unlikely Fury would take the fight now that his rival has no belts to fight for.
‘The Gypsy King’ is due to put his WBC title on the line in his trilogy rematch with Deontay Wilder on October 9.
Meanwhile, Hearn said he believes Joshua will target an immediate rematch with Usyk in a bid to win back the belts.
The Brit did the same after losing his titles to Andy Ruiz Jr back in 2019.
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And Hearn told Sky Sports : “It’s going to be really difficult because Usyk’s confidence will be sky high, but when you get to the level of Anthony Joshua, as we saw after the Ruiz defeat, there’s no 10-round comeback fights and warm-ups.
“It’s straight back into the fire and he will want to go straight back into that rematch. He will be an underdog in the rematch this time after that tonight, but that’s what he does.”
Hearn admitted the best fighter won on the night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, adding: “Obviously congratulations to Oleksandr Usyk. What a fighter. He put in a great performance tonight and the better man won.”