Oleksandr Usyk emerged triumphant in an electrifying match against Daniel Dubois on Saturday night in Wroclaw, Poland. The Ukrainian fighter provided a knockout in the ninth round, leaving the crowd of thousands in wonder.
In the 8th round, Usyk controlled the fight, requiring a knockdown prior to eventually ending up Dubois in the ninth. This win significant the 2nd defense of Usyk’s WBA, IBF, and WBO world heavyweight titles at the Stadion Wroclaw.
However, the match was not without debate. In the 5th round, Dubois landed what he and his group thought to be a genuine body shot that led to Usyk being dropped. Referee Luis Pabon ruled it a low blow, giving Usyk time to recuperate without a count. Dubois and his group strategy to appeal for a rematch, feeling they were cheated out of success.
“I didn’t believe it was a low blow, and I’ve been cheated out of success,” Dubois revealed his aggravation. Promoter Frank Warren echoed this belief, questioning why no point reduction was provided and why a rematch was not bought.
Usyk, understood for his success over British fighters, consisting of Anthony Joshua and Derek Chisora, now sets his sights on another Englishman and the WBC titleholder, Tyson Fury. Usyk revealed his preparedness to face Fury in a match to figure out an indisputable world heavyweight champ in 2024.
The fight happened in Wroclaw, Poland, a city with a considerable Ukrainian population. Due to the continuous disputes in between Ukraine and Russia, this worked as a close-to-home title defense for Usyk.
“I’m grateful for my household and the Ukrainian army,” Usyk stated in a post-fight interview. Usyk has actually formerly hung around on the cutting edge with Ukrainian soldiers and got an unique video message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy prior to getting in the ring.
Dubois, though having excellent power, has actually dealt with current obstacles with losses and difficult wins. Despite his efforts, Usyk’s abilities and ring intelligence showed excessive for Dubois to manage.
In completion, Usyk sealed the success in the ninth round with an effective right hook that sent out Dubois to the canvas. Usyk ended up the match with a remarkable record of 21-0, with 14 knockouts.
In other matches on the undercard in Wroclaw, Aadam Hamed, the child of boxing legend “Prince” Naseem Hamed, showcased his skill with a fast success in his expert launching.