After a thrilling rematch in Saudi Arabia with Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk, a Ukrainian boxer, has retained his heavyweight title.
After the 12 rounds, Usyk won with split points.
Usyk had been fighting in Kyiv’s frontline until March. He then left the war-torn nation to concentrate on Joshua’s rematch.
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Joshua threw the two title belts over the ropes after the judges had made their decision. He then stormed out of the ring.
He returned to the microphone and told King Abdullah Sports City, “If you knew my story you would understand my passion.”
“I’m not an amateur boxer. I was a top prospect since childhood, starting at five years old. I was going to prison, so I was released on bail. I began training my a***, because I wanted to be in a fight.
“This guy beats me tonight. Maybe I could have done more, but it is a testament to the hard work I put into this fight, so please give him a round and applause as the heavyweight champion of the globe.”
In defiance of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, the pair briefly held the Ukrainian flag as a sign of solidarity.
“If Tyson Fury is not fighting me, I’m not even fighting at all”
After his victory, Usyk expressed gratitude to the Ukrainian military and stated that he would only fight Tyson Fury, WBC champion, next.
Usyk stated that he won the victory for his country and for all those who defend it. We are very grateful.
He said, “I’m certain that Tyson Fury has not yet retired. He wants to fight me, that’s what I’m certain of. I want to fight him. If Tyson Fury isn’t fighting me, then I won’t be fighting at all.”
The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zeleskyy tweeted his congratulations to his countryman shortly after the fight.
“Defending the title world champion is a symbol of all those of Cossack type will not give up on their own, they will fight to win it and will always win!”
This is the second bout between the two fighters in Saudi Arabia. It follows the fight last year in London where Usyk won the WBA and IBF heavyweight belts.
The fight in Jeddah was however a completely different story. Joshua gave a far superior performance against the Ukrainian than last year. He landed blows and sometimes unloaded on Usyk.
However, Usyk came out on top. He landed more punches than his opponent and had a higher work rate that AJ.
This is not the first year that the UK has been second to Ukraine at a global event. The UK’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest, beating Briton Sam Ryder who was voted into second place by the public, despite being the winner of the national juries.