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Oleksandr Usyk secures knocks out victory over Daniel Dubois in ninth round

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Oleksandr Usyk secures knocks out victory over Daniel Dubois in ninth round

In a dramatic night of heavyweight boxing, British fighter Daniel Dubois expressed feeling “cheated out of victory” after his world-title challenge against Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk. The event took place in Poland, with a lively crowd of 40,000 spectators.

Dubois, who was considered a significant underdog, managed to knock down the champion in the fifth round, but controversy arose when the referee ruled the shot as a low blow, despite it seemingly landing on the belt line. This decision shifted the course of the match.

Despite this setback, Usyk, aged 36, regained control and managed to drop Dubois with a series of shots in the eighth round at Tarczynski Arena, Wroclaw. The referee eventually stopped the contest after another knockdown in the ninth round, securing victory for Usyk.

“I didn’t think that was a low blow, I thought it landed,” Dubois said after the fight.

Frank Warren, the promoter for Daniel Dubois, concurred with Dubois’ sentiment, labeling the referee’s decision as a “complete home decision.” He criticized referee Luis Pabon for his role in the controversial outcome and indicated his intention to appeal the decision.

“I like Usyk, but he was not fit to go on and they gave him a couple of minutes to recover,” added Warren.

Oleksandr Usyk took three minutes and 45 seconds to signal that he was ready to continue after being hit with a low blow – fighters are granted up to five minutes when struck with such a blow. Notably, referee Luis Pabon did not deduct a point from Daniel Dubois for the incident.

Following this setback, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion rebounded effectively towards the conclusion of the fifth round. He further reasserted his control during the seventh and eighth rounds, securing a successful second defense of his WBA ‘Super’, IBF, and WBO belts.

Usyk also maintained his unbeaten record, securing his 21st professional victory. This triumph keeps alive the prospect of an anticipated clash with Tyson Fury, preserving the potential for a high-profile showdown.

“I’m ready to fight Tyson Fury,” Usyk said.

“I feel good. I am grateful for my team, my family, my children. I love you. I’m grateful for my country and the Ukrainian army. Thank you so much.”

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