Tyson Fury loses unbeaten record in boxing and sees rival unify heavyweight belts

In a balanced duel, Oleksandr Usyk beat the English veteran in a split decision from the judges and became the undisputed number 1 heavyweight

O. Usyk lands a blow on T. Fury (Photo: Reproduction/Social Networks)

The invincibility of Tyson Fury in boxing. Last Saturday night (18), the English veteran faced off against Oleksandr Usyk, was defeated in a balanced split decision by the judges and, in addition, saw the Ukrainian unify the main world titles among heavyweights (up to 120,2kg). The highly anticipated duel took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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For most of the match, Usyk tried to pressure and put Tyson with his back against the ropes. However, the Englishman, who started the fight with jokes and provocations in the best 'Anderson Silva', he was betting on counterattacks and greater reach so as not to be nullified by the Ukrainian. In the ninth round, Oleksandr landed a beautiful sequence of crosses and knocked down his rival, forcing the referee to stop the duel and open the count.

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At the end of the 12 very balanced rounds, the judges opened the scorecards and declared Usyk's victory by split decision (115-112, 113-114, 114-113). With the triumph, the Ukrainian is now the unified heavyweight champion and now holds the belts of the World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Organization (WBO), International Boxing Federation (IBF), International Boxing Organization (IBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC).

At 37 years old, Usyk remains undefeated in the noble art and now boasts a record of 22 victories, 14 of which were by knockout.

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