HomeWorld NewsOleksandr Usyk KNOCKS OUT Daniel Dubois but fans cry robbery
Oleksandr Usyk KNOCKS OUT Daniel Dubois but fans cry robbery
August 27, 2023
Oleksandr Usyk battled to a stoppage victory over Daniel Dubois to defend his unified heavyweight world titles on Saturday night in Poland.
It was a valiant effort from the Brit, who troubled Usyk on occasions, but the Ukrainian emerged victorious once again and maintained his unbeaten record.
The first few rounds were a feeling out process for Dubois, as he looked a little bit nervous and frantic, while Usyk appeared as relaxed as ever and he settled into the fight quickly.
By round three, the difference in levels between the two fighters was becoming clear, as Usyk had barely put a foot wrong and was beginning to land on Dubois with more frequency.
This seemed to frustrate Dubois, as he upped the aggression and enjoyed some success, although still arguably not enough to gain a foothold in the fight.
In round five, Dubois went for a body shot and caught Usyk below the belt according to the referee, although there was some debate as to whether it should have counted as a legitimate knockdown.
Usyk dropped to the canvas, appearing to be winded by the blow and the Ukrainian remained on the floor for a prolonged period of time before returning to his feet.
After the fight resumed, Dubois came forward and Usyk looked rattled.
But, the Ukrainian quickly recovered and by this point, Usyk was angered. He took it out on Dubois, landing a number of heavy head shots.
The Brit stayed on his feet, however, and made it out for another entertaining round in the sixth, as the fight was really beginning to heat up.
Usyk put it on Dubois in round seven, chasing him around the ring and seeming to wobble him, but Dubois’ showed his resilience to absorb the shots and continue coming back with punches himself.
The pressure told towards the end of round eight, as Dubois seemed to be doing well, until he was caught by a shot to the top of the head that forced him to take a knee, but he was saved by the bell.
Although this could not save him for long, as in the ninth round, a crushing right hand from Usyk dropped Dubois for a second time and on this occasion he did not return to his feet, as the bout was waved off.
As for his next fight, Usyk welcomed an undisputed heavyweight world title clash with Tyson Fury, simply saying: “I’m ready.”