Oleksandr Usyk cemented his legacy as a boxing legend by dethroning Tyson Fury in a heavyweight clash that captivated the world at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Usyk entered the ring with the WBA, IBF and WBO belts and emerged victorious, capturing Fury’s WBC and lineal titles to become the undisputed heavyweight champion. This moment marked the first time since Lennox Lewis in 2000 that boxing had an undisputed heavyweight champion.

The fight reached its climax in the ninth round when Usyk displayed his accuracy and precision, which had almost ended the bout, handing Fury an eight count, tipping the scales in his favor. The judges’ scorecards reflected the tightly contested nature of the bout: two scored it 115-112 and 114-113 for Usyk, while the third judge had it 114-113 for Fury.

Both fighters actively used their jabs in the opening rounds, but Usyk set the pace. His significant shots, including a looping left hook late in the first round and a solid two-punch combination at the start of the second, signaled his early dominance. As the third round commenced, Usyk continued his forward momentum, though Fury started to find his rhythm, landing combinations and effective body shots despite fighting off his back foot.

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Fury began to make his presence felt in the fourth round, landing a hard right uppercut early on and a powerful right to the body, briefly forcing Usyk to retreat. The sixth round saw Fury land another big right uppercut that stunned Usyk, causing the Ukrainian to cover up momentarily. Sensing an opportunity, Fury taunted Usyk while maintaining a steady stream of sharp jabs.

The seventh round displayed both fighters’ tenacity. Fury connected with another uppercut, but Usyk responded with a straight right hand and a combination that closed the round. Usyk’s heart and determination shone in the eighth round as he delivered a three-punch combination that forced Fury onto the ropes. A powerful overhand left and a looping right hand in the closing seconds of the round began to swell Fury’s right eye visibly.

Round nine was pivotal. Usyk returned to his aggressive strategy, pinning Fury against the ropes and landing a massive left hand. Sensing vulnerability, Usyk unleashed a barrage of hard combinations that staggered Fury. The referee ruled it a knockdown as the round ended, solidifying Usyk’s control.

As the tenth round began, Usyk kept Fury cornered, carefully selecting his moments to attack. The eleventh round saw Usyk continue his pursuit, catching Fury with another hard left to the chin and closing with a big right.

This bout showed Usyk’s skill and strategic prowess. His ability to adapt, withstand pressure and capitalize on crucial moments defines him as one of the greatest fighters in modern boxing. For Fury, it was a reminder of the unforgiving nature of the sport and the challenge posed by an opponent like Usyk.

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