The stage was set for Antony Joshua to defend his world heavyweight title but it turned out be anti climatic in the end with Joshua being outclassed and outpunched the whole night.
He now has two losses to his name and on both occasions the Briton was dominated by a smaller man. Usyk did not find the knockout punch, but he exposed Joshua’s frailties and somewhat light attacking arsenal.
Joshua had no answer to Usyk and while his opponent glided across the ring, the champion appeared to be dragging his feet through mud. There was no attempt to bully Usyk, wear him down or go to the body.
It was a strange, almost hapless display from Joshua which leaves his legacy as one of the heavyweight greats in ruins.
Aside from the Briton’s long-term career prospects, Joshua versus Fury now appears to be dead.
Fury fights Deontay Wilder next month in Las Vegas and every fight fan’s greatest fear has been realised after the unification bout collapsed last summer.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said his fighter had given Usyk too much respect and would have to make “fundamental changes” to regain his titles.
“We knew it [defeat] could happen if he didn’t get it right, and he didn’t get it right,” Hearn added “He took too many shots early and Usyk was more aggressive than I thought he would be and he was the deserved winner.