Not too sure about the first round personally, 2 and 4 were the rounds people didn't give AJ enough credit in IMO.I watched the fight on DAZN with Spanish commentary. After two rounds I thought Joshua was doing all right - won the second and might have nicked the first although on replay I gave it to Usyk. Looked on Twitter and everyone was saying he was getting destroyed?!
After 6 rounds it was 3-3 and after 8 it was 4-4. I thought after round 2 the fight was really easy to score.
There’s the obvious overreaction to an AJ loss but he can beat Usyk. Considering how few times he caught him Usyk’s face was a mess and he was really hurt by every body shot. AJ’s issue is durability. I don’t think he was fighting scared or he even thought he could out box him I just think the whole night was about not gassing because he knew as soon as he was gassed Usyk would annihilate him. The lack of commitment in his punches was a real concern. The only way he can win the rematch is with a much higher output, more grappling, stiffer jabs and attacking the body. That can only be done by making it a 6 round fight and accepting if he can’t get him out he’ll either have to quit or get sparked out himself.
AJ wasn't dominated in the first round, at least not as much as he was in some of the others but I still think it was an Usyk round. Usyk was fast out of the traps and set such a high tempo, that I don't see any other HWs keeping up with him. They probably wouldn't have even attempted to keep up. So to be fair to AJ, he didn't start slow at all. DAZN said it looked like two Light Heavyweights in the opening stages and it takes two for that.
In the second round, DAZN definitely seemed more interested in eulogising about Usyk's skills and the pace he set in the 1st round, than they were calling what was currently happening in the 2nd round. Sky were doing the same thing. They failed to call most of the action in the first half of that round as a result and there were less punches thrown/landed in the second half of the round(lots of feinting and pawing).
I think AJ should have used his size to rough him up and break his rhythm up as much as possible, by any means necessary, in the opening rounds. Rather than try and keep up with him and being concerned with making it look pretty(just don't let him work and bank the round if he could). Breaking up his rhythm should have been one of his key objectives, then he could have made those same adjustments he did in the 4th round onwards, to pick up the rounds he did. I thought one of Usyk's objectives was taking away AJ's right hand, which he did well for most of the fight by not letting him set up that punch with his lead hand. Since he has power in both hands he could try and catch him out by going straight for a big left hand or a big right hand without the setup, it would probably get less pleasing on the eye that way and he could get countered but he has to try something different.
You'd have to heavily favour Usyk going into the rematch though. Which will happen IMO, if AJ doesn't trigger the rematch clause while he has the chance, then there's no saying Usyk will fight AJ again. It's immediate or it's void.