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Anthony Joshua scorecards show one judge had him ahead after eight rounds

Anthony Joshua was actually winning his fight with Oleksandr Usyk after eight rounds, according to one judge.

Joshua was slow to get going in the bout with Usyk and as a result many pundits and fans believed he had conceded a number of the opening rounds.

But promoter Eddie Hearn has shared the scorecards on Instagram which show one judge felt the Brit had slightly edged the Ukrainian two-thirds of the way through the contest.

Joshua’s red judge Howard Foster had him two points up on 77-75 after giving five rounds to AJ and three rounds to Uysk.

The judges scorecards for Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk in full
One judge had Anthony Joshua ahead after eight rounds

The neutral American judge Steve Weisfeld had scored the bout evenly up until that point, while the judge for Usyk’s blue corner, Viktor Fesechenko, had his compatriot winning 77-76.

If the fight had stopped at that point it would have been given as a draw.

The ninth round prove to be crucial as Usyk inflicted a nasty eye injury on the defending world heavyweight champion.

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Boxing - WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles - Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua after his fight against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Joshua suffered an injury to his right eye which turned the tides against Usyk

Joshua’s right eye swelled up and for the rest of the fight he was unable to see out of it.

From that point the former undisputed cruiserweight champion dominated and this was reflected in the scorecards.

All three judges gave Usyk the final four rounds with the result being a unanimous 115-113, 116-112, 117-112 points decision in his favour.

Oleksandr Usyk punches as Anthony Joshua ducks during the Heavyweight Title Fight between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25, 2021
AJ had limited vision from round nine onwards, causing him to lose the fight

Hearn confirmed after the fight that Joshua would go to hospital to check if his eye socket had been fractured, admitting that the injury “didn’t look great”.

It seems that without the impairment on his eye Joshua would have still had a chance to retain his heavyweight belts, much to the surprise of many.

He had been largely passive in the bout with Usyk’s southpaw stance proving effective and didn’t look entirely comfortable as he slipped to only his second ever professional defeat.

Anthony Joshua scorecards show one judge had him ahead after eight rounds
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