Incredible Oleksandr Usyk outpoints Tyson Fury to become the millennium’s first ever undisputed heavyweight champion

The showdown in Saudi couldn’t have been any closer, but it was the Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (22-0, 14KO) who was crowned the century’s first ever undisputed heavyweight champion over British behemoth Tyson Fury (34-1-1, 24KO).

“The Gypsy King” had to take his first ever loss in the pros, but the scores were razor thin at 114-113 both ways, with Spanish judge Manuel Oliver Palomo’s 115-112 verdict handing the win to Usyk.

Oleksandr Usyk rose to the occasion to defeat the far taller, bigger heavyweight Tyson Fury by split decision in a dramatic, seesaw battle to capture the undisputed championship Saturday evening, May 18, at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

With the victory, Usyk became only the second former undisputed cruiserweight champion, following Evander Holyfield, to repeat the deed at heavyweight.

It looks like the two will do it again, as a rematch is tentatively planned for October.

Usyk said, “Yes, of course. Rematch. I am ready!”

Fury said, “I believe I won that fight. I believe he won a few of the rounds. I thought I won a majority of them, and I believe it was a — what can you do — these are the decisions in boxing. We both put on a good fight, the best we could do.”

“We go back, have a little rest up, spend some time with our families, and get it back on in October.”

Fury succeeded in the early rounds, peppering Usyk with savage right hands to the body.

Just as it looked like the reigning lineal champion would add another notch to his Hall of Fame belt, Usyk stunned Fury with an overhand left in round nine that sent him reeling back into the ropes.

A series of power shots, punctuated by another sweeping left, sent Fury staggering near a neutral corner. Referee Mark Nelson called it a knockdown, and Fury rose gingerly to his feet as the bell sounded to end the stanza.


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