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Ukrainian Heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk Becomes Undisputed World Boxing Champion

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Photo: Ukrainian Heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk Becomes Undisputed World Boxing Champion. Source: Oleksandr Usyk's Instagram
Photo: Ukrainian Heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk Becomes Undisputed World Boxing Champion. Source: Oleksandr Usyk's Instagram

In the early hours of May 19, a major boxing event took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In a 12-round bout, Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk (21–0, 14 KOs) faced off against Britain’s Tyson Fury (34–0–1, 24 KOs), competing for the title of undisputed world heavyweight champion for the first time in 25 years. In a tense and highly captivating match, Oleksandr Usyk won by decision, reports the BBC.

Before the fight, Oleksandr Usyk held the world heavyweight titles for WBO, IBF, and WBA, as well as The Ring magazine. His opponent, Tyson Fury, was the WBC champion, meaning the winner would claim all major world boxing titles in the heavyweight division.

From the start of the bout, Usyk took control of the centre of the ring and initiated the action. He fought intelligently, varying his punches, with his combinations being particularly effective.

However, Fury quickly responded, landing accurate shots and focusing primarily on body punches. Usyk even drew the referee's attention to Fury's low blows.

By the middle of the fight, both boxers had sustained cuts, were slightly fatigued, and the pace had significantly slowed, especially for Fury. Usyk's corner emphasized the importance of speed, and Alexander, following their advice, began landing more precise punches. Blood appeared on Fury's face.

In the 9th round, Oleksandr Usyk intensified his attacks, delivering a series of accurate punches and knocking Fury down. But the ropes, the referee, and the bell saved Fury. The bout continued for all 12 rounds, and the decision went to the judges.

By a split decision, with two judges in favour and one against, Oleksandr Usyk claimed victory and the title of undisputed world heavyweight champion. The judges’ scores were: Usyk 115–112, Fury 114–113, Usyk 114–113.

"I am very grateful to my team, grateful to God. This is a great opportunity for me, for my family, for my country. Glory to Ukraine!" said an emotional Oleksandr Usyk after the fight.

Defeated Tyson Fury did not seem overly upset after the fight. He declared himself the true winner of the bout and challenged Usyk to a rematch, to which Usyk readily agreed. The new match between the top boxers of today could take place as early as October.

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