- Rumors are rife that Anthony Joshua’s fight was called off early on Saturday
- AJ Alexander was on the ropes in the final seconds of the bout against Usyaki
- DAZN clock on-screen shows the last nine seconds pass in doubly quick time
- Usyk was on the verge of ousting Joshua and many fans still have doubts
- Yet bell-to-bell, the round was three minutes long as said by Eddie Hearn
Boxing fans online insist that Anthony Joshua’s fight against Alexander Usik was called off early as Britain were on the verge of a 12th round exit.
AJ suffered a second career defeat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night, with Usyak stunned the boxing world with a decisive and unanimous points victory to become the world’s new heavyweight champion.
The Ukrainian had exhausted Joshua against the ropes in the final 30 seconds of the bout and what went unnoticed was the difference between the nine seconds left on the on-screen clock and how fast the fight ended.
Boxing fans online insist that Anthony Joshua’s fight against Alexander Usyk was stopped early
The DAZN clock showed nine seconds left, but the fight was stopped after three seconds.
Boxing fans insist online that Joshua’s fight against Usyak was called off early to avoid a knockout
As shown by DAZN, the final nine seconds – by the clock – seemed to end with Joshua at only three seconds at sea and on the verge of being knocked out.
This was quickly noticed by fans online, with one asking: ‘Someone noticed the bell at the end of the 12th round 7 seconds earlier, was it to save Joshua from being knocked out?’
Another said: ‘He rang the bell 5 seconds ago, saved Anthony Joshua from 12th round KO,’ and another pointed to the Tottenham location: ‘Is it just me or did the bell go early in the 12th round Was?
‘It may be a mismatch between the on-screen time and the actual fight clock, but it looks a bit suspicious, especially in London.’
Joshua’s rival Dillian White also noted the seemingly early stop, saying the referee should have stopped the fight saying IFL TV: ‘I thought that Usyk was going to win over TKO in the last round.
Usyak had Joshua on the ropes in the last second of the 12th round of the heavyweight bout
Boxing fans on social media believe the 12th round bell rang too early on Saturday night
‘I thought they gave Joshua too much time. He was just sitting on the ropes, standing there and doing nothing. I thought Usyak deserved a TKO win.
However, after watching the final round through bell-to-bell, sportsmail Can confirm that the 12th round lasted a full three minutes.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed as much after the fight as he did to debunk the rumours: ‘I can’t believe it happened, I saw it happened on the DAZN watch, but I remember that specifically Ten seconds came and it was ten seconds.
‘Cause I remember hearing when it was ten seconds, not three seconds after the clock so I don’t think it was an opening bell.
‘Not for me for a BBBOFC but it wasn’t like “He’s in trouble here let’s ring the bell” Was.’
Hearn has confirmed that Joshua will be looking to retake Usyak in a rematch, with the hope that he can retaliate in the same way as he did against Andy Ruiz Jr., who led Britain to his first career. The defeat was given.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn (top-left) confirmed that the 12th round had indeed covered the distance.
After Saturday’s crushing defeat, Joshua would like to face Usyk again in a rematch
The matchroom supremo said after the fight: ‘He would like to go back in that rematch, and he would be the underdog in that fight but he had just been beaten up by a pound-for-pound great.
‘Joshua lives and breathes boxing, he is already talking about training again and he will be in the gym and ready to be back again.
‘You can criticize Anthony Joshua, but he just put up a great fight and he’s fighting the best he can, and tonight he came in second.’