Oleksandr Usyk Defends Heavyweight Titles With Knockout Win Over Daniel Dubois

Oleksandr Usyk Defends Heavyweight Titles With Knockout Win Over Daniel Dubois

Byron Pillay
August 26, 2023 at 10:37 PM
  • Oleksandr Usyk retained his heavyweight straps as he defeated Britain's Daniel Dubois
  • Dubois landed an illegal blow in the fifth round which dropped the Ukrainian to the canvas
  • Usyk stopped the British boxer in the ninth round to defend his heavyweight boxing titles

Oleksandr Usyk is still the IBF, WBA and WBO Heavyweight champion of the world.

The Ukrainian boxer showed his class as he stopped Daniel Dubois in round nine of their heavyweight bout in Poland.

Oleksandr Usyk
Oleksandr Usyk defeated Daniel Dubois to retain his heavyweight titles. Image: Gabriel Kuchta.
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The first four rounds saw Usyk control the fight and landing good shots against the British boxer.

Dubois struggled to land clean shots, but it was the champ who found his range and left Dubois with a swollen left eye.

The fifth round was a decisive round as Dubois dropped Usyk with a low blow.

The champion was down on the canvas for a few minutes as the crowd booed Dubois for the illegal blow.

When Usyk finally got to his feet and was ready to go, he pushed forward to try and use the advantage but Usyk used his experience to land a vicious left that rocked Dubois’ head back.

Oleksandr Usyk on the canvas.
Oleksandr Usyk was dropped to the canvas when Daniel Dubois hit him with a low blow. Image: Gabriel Kuchta.
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Usyk continued to land some big shots in the sixth round while Dubois persisted with body shots.

With rain falling and lightning striking outside the stadium, the fight entered the second half, a second half many didn’t expect to happen.

Fans expected Dubois to be gassed by the sixth round and he certainly showed some signs of fatigue in the seventh. Despite landing some body shots, the British boxer could not match the speed of Usyk who landed numerous shots to the head.

He continued that pressure in the eighth round, and it paid off as he forced Dubois down to the ground at the end round.

He survived the referee’s count and managed to get through to the bell.

Usyk continued to come forward in the ninth round and peppered Dubois with shots. The young British boxer looked out of his depth as he struggled with the speed of the Ukrainian.

His inexperience showed as he got caught with a right hand that dropped him to the ground and he couldn’t get to his feet in time to stop the referee’s count.

The fight was waved off and Usyk retained his titles in front of his fans.

Dubois has gameplan for Usyk

Daniel Dubois doesn’t see Oleksandr Usyk as a legitimate threat.

The British heavyweight will face the IBF, WBA and WBO champion for all the titles on August 26 in Poland, Sports Brief reported.

Dubois believes that his power and size will be enough to dethrone the Ukrainian.

Dubois to face Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk is set to defend his WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight belts against Daniel Dubois in Poland this August after the Ukrainian's promoter, Alex Krassyuk, won the purse bid.

This comes after the Ukrainian's plan to take on Tyson Fury in an undisputed showdown at Wembley Stadium in April collapsed.

Usyk has a 20-0 record since he turned professional, and his incredible back-to-back wins over UK's Anthony Joshua cemented his status as one of the best heavyweight boxers in the last few years, Sports Brief reported.

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