Usyk Beats Fury In A Split Decision To Become Undisputed Heavyweight Champion

Oleksandr Usyk beat Tyson Fury to become the first Undisputed Heavyweight Champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999, winning via a split decision. 

In an enthralling encounter, an Usyk knockdown over Fury in round nine was enough to sway the scorecards in his favor: 115-112, 113-114, 114-113. Usyk started the fight strong, outlanding Fury as he pushed the Gypsy King backwards. Shots to the midsection with his southpaw jab made Fury uncomfortable.

The Gypsy King, however, continued to showboat, showing a lack of concern. The second round saw Usyk land a big overhand left. Fury did land an uppercut to the body, but it was all Usyk. During rounds three and four, Fury found his rhythm. He hit Usyk’s body. His jab also found its rhythm, taking the next two rounds as Usyk slowed down.

Fury was now targeting the body, which was a source of concern before the fight. With Fury looking comfortable, Usyk needed to step things up. In round seven, the momentum shifted. Usyk closed the distance on the inside as he backed up Fury. He landed a big left as he went after Fury.

A big right hand connected on Fury upstairs, followed by a flurry of combinations in the eighth. A massive left hand hurt Fury’s right eye, and the Gypsy King was bleeding. Usyk was letting his hands go. A further left wobbled Fury in the ninth. Usyk had Fury backed up, landing at will. Fury hit the ropes, with the referee beginning the count. Somehow, Fury got up, as he was saved by the bell.

Usyk was in control as Fury tried desperately to recover. The Ukrainian was landing the cleaner shots going into the final round. Fury needed a huge last round, but it never came. Usyk was coming forward, landing numerous lefts to win a decision. Both men embraced each other at the final bell.

The win made Usyk a two-weight undisputed champion alongside Terence Crawford and Naoya Inoue in the four-belt era. Fury was disappointed, feeling he had won the fight. There is a rematch clause, which is likely to take place in October. 

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