Oleksander Usyk Makes History as Undisputed Heavyweight Champion in Win Over Tyson Fury

The first undisputed heavyweight champion in 24 years while also handing Fury’s first loss of his career.

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Oleksander Usyk has defeated Tyson Fury to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion in 24 years. Boxing‘s new king beat WBC champion Fury by split decision (115-112, 113-114, 114-113). This was also the first loss of Fury’s career.

Usyk also holds champion titles for IBF, WBA and WBO. Knocking down Fury in the ninth round, Usyk took control of the fight until the bell rang. It was clear that the knockdown was what made up any difference in the scorecards. Post-fight Usyk said, “It’s a big opportunity for me, for my family, for my country. It’s a great time, it’s a great day.” The knockdown of Fury comes after Usyk beat Anthony Joshua, who was in the crowd tonight, and Daniel Dubois. Meanwhile, Fury came off a close decision win over UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

While Usyk was handed his win, Fury did contest the results post-fight, “I believe I won that fight, I believe he won some rounds but I won the majority of them.” He also added, “”We both put on a good fight, best we could do. His country’s at war, so people are siding with the country at war, but make no mistake, I won that fight and I’ll be back. I’ve got a rematch clause.” Usyk accepted the rematch immediately. The Ukrainian fighter met some of Fury’s punches and his length definitely gave Usyk some trouble. Fury was able to rock Usyk with an uppercut in the sixth round but Usyk came back in the seventh and landed more shots to steal some points on the card. The final minute of the ninth round sound Fury limp int the ropes, wobbling from the knockdown.

Watch some of the clips from the fight below.

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