BOXING: Anthony Joshua loses world-title challenge by split decision

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Briton Anthony Joshua’s bid to recapture the unified heavyweight titles ended in disappointment as Oleksandr Usyk produced a terrific performance to win by split decision in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Two judges scored the fight 115-113 and 116-112 to Usyk, while a third judge gave it 115-113 to the challenger. While there were some close rounds, Usyk was the emerged the deserving winner.

In a clash billed as the Rage on the Red Sea, a spirited Joshua, 32, showed some aggressiveness and intent – a vast improvement from their first fight – but could not match the brilliance, awareness and ring savviness of the Ukrainian.

The defeat Joshua suffered last night is the second to the Ukrainian and the third of his career.

— Ferdinand A Baah