Oleksandr Usyk Drops Daniel Dubois To Defend Titles In Controversial Contest (Highlights)

Usyk calls out Tyson Fury while Dubois denies throwing 'low blow'.

Usyk Dubois
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Oleksandr Usyk can still call himself a heavyweight champion.

In his latest outing, the Ukrainian boxer would defend his WBA, IBF and WBO titles against the very dangerous Daniel Dubois. The championship bout took place in Wroclaw, Poland on Saturday. 

Usyk and Dubois went to war with each other over the course of nine rounds. The champ overpowered Dubois in the later stage of the match, knocking him down in rounds 8 and 9. Dubois could not continue after being downed in 9 and Usyk was victorious. 

While Dubois didn’t get his hand raised, he did flip the script when he dropped Usyk himself with an alleged body shot in round 5. But, referee Luis Pabon dubbed the punch as a ‘low blow’ instead. 

Despite the ref’s ruling, many have questioned the strike, believing it was actually legal. Dubois is also in protest. 

“I didn’t think that was a low blow,” Dubois said in his post-fight interview. “I thought that landed, and I’ve been cheated out of victory tonight. What else can I say?”

Inside the winner’s circle once again, Usyk has called for a super-fight with Tyson Fury.

“I’m ready tomorrow!” Usyk said. “Next fight with Tyson Fury!”

That will have to wait though as Fury takes on former UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou this fall.

Official result: Oleksandr Usyk defeats Daniel Dubois via KO in round 9 (0:48)

Check out the highlights below:

Published on August 26, 2023 at 11:48 pm
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