Nigerian-born British fighter, Anthony Joshua, has lost his titles.
Joshua lost all his titles in a clash with Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham on Saturday.
David did not quite slay Goliath with one sling shot but he reduced the world heavyweight champion to impotence by bombarding him with every punch in the manual of prize-fighting
Anthony Joshua lost his collection of belts to a master of the boxing arts who bamboozled him and silenced the London majority on the new Tottenham Stadium’s first fight night.
He may also have forfeited, at the very least for the time being, the hundred million dollars which had been awaiting him in a super-fight with Tyson Fury.
The Gypsy King had warned AJ to be at his very best but Olexsdandr Usyk, with his full range of all the brilliant boxing talents, never allowed London’s giant to get into his powerful stride
Round after round went by with Joshua lumbering after the bewildering maestro of movement, rapier southpaw jabbing, lightning combinations and rasping left hands.
When he tried to impose his size with lunges it came too late and lacked belief.
It was sad to a British world champion so diminished but at the same time it was a delight to witness such a genius craftsman go to work
The fight was effectively over by half time in this football ground and the odd flourish from Joshua was nowhere near enough to turn the scoreline.
Usyk was never going to be diverted from joining Evander Holyfield and David Haye among the ranks of cruiserweight kings to be crowned world heavyweight champion.
The three official scores for a unanimous decision – 117-112, 116-112, 115-113- flattered Joshua. On my card he was swamped by 118-112.
The attention an exhausted Joshua needed in his corner at the end, not least for a damaged eye, and the probability of a trip to hospital also told the upset story.
As did the muted crowd who did not get the jubilant night they had come expecting to see.
The trains to stations within walking distance of the new home of the Spurs were as socially distanced as tins of sardines.