Anthony Joshua told Oleksandr Usyk ‘see you soon’ when the Ukrainian returned his belts in the dressing room after their fight on Saturday.
This is standard procedure in boxing as the champion will be sent new ones of his own by the sanctioning bodies.
Britain’s unified heavyweight champion was outboxed and dethroned by the Ukrainian, who put on a magnificent performance to make history at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The pair shook hands in the dressing room and showed plenty of respect to one another – as they did throughout the build-up.
AJ, who intends to take the rematch, concluded by telling Usyk: “See you soon.”
Usyk’s speed, movement and accuracy troubled AJ all night long.
Joshua had moments of success throughout the fight, but could not maintain this for long enough to emerge victorious.
Usyk ultimately outclassed Joshua and had him out on his feet in the final round, with the bell saving AJ from being knocked out.
The scores were 117-112, 116-112, 115-113, crowning Usyk a two-division king of the world as the former cruiserweight champion took hold of the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.