Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk makes boxing history by beating Tyson Fury in a big fight – La Opinion

Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk makes boxing history by beating Tyson Fury in a big fight – La Opinion


The Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, who was being dominated after six rounds, came from behind masterfully and defeated Tyson Fury by split decision to make history in boxing this Saturday by becoming the first undisputed heavyweight champion in 25 years.

The judges scored the fight 115-112, 113-114 and 114-113 in favor of Usyk (22-0), who takes away the undefeated British Fury (34-1-1) and the WBC scepter. The Ukrainian already held the WBA, IBF and WBO titles. He is the first undisputed heavyweight monarch in the four-way era.

It was an excellent battle in the Kingdome Arena in Riyadh, where numerous sports celebrities including Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Roberto Durán, Vladimir Klitschko, Ryan García, Steven Gerrard and Lennox Lewisthe latter the most recent undisputed world heavyweight champion back in 1999.

Tyson Fury controlled the first half of the fight with hand speed despite going backwards under pressure from his rival. The British giant rocked Usyk in the sixth round with a series of uppercuts. The man who fights left-handed looked very vulnerable to the power and precision of Fury, who also had a majority of fans in his favor in the arena.

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Usyk’s impressive comeback to beat Fury well

But Usyk, 37, made adjustments and in round 7 he recovered with better defense, excellent mobility and while still being aggressive against a much taller and heavier man. The Ukrainian threw his left-handed punches and began to shake Fury, 35 years old.

In round 9, Usyk hurt Fury. A series of left-handed blows made him shake, but amazingly the Briton remained standing. while the public waited for referee Mark Nelson to stop the actions. It was not so.

Almost at the end of the round, Fury hung on the ropes against Usyk’s relentless offense and was officially knocked down. After the protection count, the assault ended and that is how the bell saved Fury at that moment.

Fury recovered and completed the rest of the fight, but he was no longer the same as the first half of the fight and only a takedown at the end could bring him closer to victory.

After the fight, Fury said he thought he won, but congratulated Usyk. There is a clause for automatic rematch and both fighters said they are ready for a second battle.

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Image of the historic fight won by Oleksandr Usyk (left) over Tyson Fury. The Ukrainian always went forward and reacted to control the fight in its second half.
Credit: ALI HAIDER | EFE

7:33 p.m.

Round 12: Fury closes well and kisses Usyk on the head

The last round was close, with more activity from the tireless Oleksandr Usyk. Tyson Fury landed a couple of good punches. Anyway he seems to have lost his WBC scepter. When the bell rings they hug and the British giant kisses the Ukrainian on the head. Fury 10-9

7:28 p.m.

Round 11: Usyk’s left foot makes the difference in a tight round

Very tight assault with a Fury who should no longer be fighting. The Ukrainian continues to throw and connect, including a powerful left foot near the end. Usyk 10-9

7:24 p.m.

Round 10: Usyk slows down but wins another round against Fury

Good recovery for Tyson Fury after being knocked out moments before, but Usyk takes a break and is not so determined to finish it. He still wins the round. Usyk 10-9

7:20 p.m.

Round 9: Fury is practically knocked out, but is saved by the bell

Usyk lands left-handed blows and makes Fury tremble, who hangs on the ropes for an official fall. He looks knocked out, but the round ends. Usyk 10-8

7:16 p.m.

Round 8: Fury bleeds after another great round for Usyk, who now looks stronger

The Ukrainian strings together surgical rounds and now the one who looks hurt is Fury, who is bleeding after several combinations by the Ukrainian. Excellent fight. Usyk 10-9

7:12 p.m.

Round 7: Usyk reacts with his best round of the night

The Ukrainian attacks and connects several times with his left hand to Fury’s head, who connects only one significant blow. Usyk demonstrates caste. Usyk 10-9

7:08 p.m.

Round 6: Usyk staggers and this fight smells like a knockout

Tyson Fury shakes his rival several times with uppercut-type blows. The British’s power seems to be too much for the Ukrainian, who is now going further back. Fury 10-9

7:04 p.m.

Round 5: Tyson Fury takes control of the fight with body shots

Tyson Fury continuously connects to the body of Oleksandr Usyk, who complains of a low blow. The Briton slows down the momentum of his rival, who is completely outclassed in this round. Fury 10-9

7:00 p.m.

Round 4: Fury is now looser and takes time to joke in the ring

Fury raises his hands, lowers his hands and turns his head. But in addition to clowning, he takes time to let go of his hands and connects more frequently. Usyk focuses on body punches. Fury 10-9

6:55 p.m.

Round 3: Fury hugs Usyk, but takes advantage of his quick hands

The Briton impresses with his hand speed, connecting with a jab. He hugs Usyk at times to try to exhaust him with his heavy body. Usyk complains of blows to the back of the head. Fury 10-9

6:51 p.m.

Round 2: Fury lands some punches to even up against Usyk

Usyk keeps up the pressure, starting with a good punch early in the round, but Fury throws and lands at least four good punches. Fury 10-9

6:47 p.m.

Round 1: Usyk throws the jab and lands a good left hand while Fury clowns

The Ukrainian is more active and that flying left hand definitely connects well with the British giant. Usyk 10-9

6:45 p.m.

Fury makes faces at Usyk in final indications and the fight starts in Riyadh

While referee Mark Nelson gives the final instructions, Tyson Fury makes faces at Oleksandr Usyk, who does not change his frozen face. The British man wears green shorts, while the Ukrainian wears white with the colors of his flag (blue and yellow).

6:28 p.m.

Impressive entry by Oleksandr Usyk into the ring, while Tuson Fury appears dancing

The WBA, IBF and WBO world champion comes out in a traditional Ukrainian costume, with a walk full of authority and vibrant music. Upon entering the ring he places himself on the canvas to pray for a moment. The atmosphere is hectic. Then, Tyson Fury comes out of the tunnel very “sporty” with a backwards cap and dancing with Barry White music in the background. This giant who overcame serious depression problems years ago knows how to have fun. Next are the national anthems, first that of Ukraine.

6:24 p.m.

The difference in height and weight is the main factor in this fight

Tyson Fury weighed almost 40 pounds more than Oleksandr Usyk yesterday and of course he is quite a bit taller. Will the Ukrainian be able to deal with so much disadvantage?

6:19 p.m.

The national anthem of Saudi Arabia is heard and then a rap musical show

Michael Buffer, the legendary ring announcer, appears to present the Arab anthem and now prepares the call to the fighters, who will make their way to the ring in this boxing evening titled “Ring of Fire.” Before, there is a hip-hop type musical show. The singer is on a platform that is several meters above the ring.

6:08 p.m.

A look at the celebrities present for the megafight in Saudi Arabia

Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Klitschko, Roberto Durán, Anthony Joshua and Ryan García are some of the world-famous athletes who are present at the Kingdome Arena in the city of Riyadh. Gerrard visited his compatriot Tyson Fury in the dressing room.

5:58 p.m.

The co-feature fight ends, which went the distance, and Tyson Fury vs. continues. Oleksandr Usyk

The Australian Jai Opetaia wins by unanimous decision to be crowned again IBF cruiserweight world champion against the Latvian Mairis Briedis, in a revenge fight. Now to wait for Tyson Fury and Oleksand Usyk to enter the ring.

5:53 p.m.

Ryan García meets Neymar before the mega fight and it seems that they agree

The rising and controversial Californian fighter meets the Brazilian soccer star before the fight between Fury and Usyk. Ryan doesn’t speak Spanish, so the question remains whether they understood each other. He also greeted Cristiano Ronaldo, with whom he shared earlier in the week.

5:34 p.m.

The fearsome Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in the final details in the locker room

He is 37 years old, has won all 21 of his professional fights, including two in a row against Anthony Joshua, and is the owner of three of the four world heavyweight championships. Oleksandr Usyk is also a proud Ukrainian who, along with other high-profile boxers from that country, went home to join the defense against the Russian invasion at the start of the war.

17:26hs.

The last time there was an undisputed heavyweight champion was a quarter of a century ago

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Lennox Lewis (L) defeated Evander Holyfield by decision on November 13, 1999 in Las Vegas. A few months before they had tied in New York. The Briton obtained the WBC, WBA and IBF titles to become undisputed champion. No one has been since then. (Photo: Lenny Ignelzi AP)

5:12 p.m.

The legendary “Hands of Stone” Durán arrives and says he expects a knockout between Fury-Usyk

Roberto Durán, who looks very good, attends the fight in Riyadh and when asked what he expects, he says that this will end in a knockout for either of them. “It’s going to be a tough fight, it’s going to be good,” says the Panamanian.

17:07hs.

The co-main event of the show is already underway before Fury vs. Usyk

The Australian Jai Opetaia seeks the IBF version cruiserweight world championship against the Latvian Mairis Briedis, in a revenge fight. After this duel the main event between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will follow.

16:57hs.

Cristiano Ronaldo leads celebrities for Fury vs. fight Usyk

The celebrities at the Kingdome Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to watch the fight begin to arrive. None more famous so far than Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays soccer in that country.

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