Following the WBA’s ruling, on Daniel Dubois’ appeal, to not reverse his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk and deem it a no-contest, promoter Frank Warren says he will “appeal” the appeal to the controversial low blow sequence.
Warren was hoping to overturn the 9th-round KO loss because they argued that Usyk benefited from a referee’s blunder during the 5th round when Dubois sent Usyk crashing to the canvas with a shot to the midsection. Referee Luis Pabon deemed it a low bow and gave Usyk nearly four minutes to collect himself. In a recent interview, Warren shared his thoughts on the ordeal.
“We complained about the referee, as I’ve said on many occasions, not giving specific instructions to both boxers. And for what he did regarding giving the amount of time he did, which was nearly four minutes for Usyk to rest even when he wanted to carry on himself after a low blow that wasn’t even a low blow. We will appeal that.” Warren
Usyk, meanwhile, has moved on from the Dubois debacle. The WBO, WBA, and IBF heavyweight champion is set to take on WBC titlist Tyson Fury for the undisputed heavyweight championship, either in December or January, largely depending on the outcome of Fury’s October 28th fight against Francis Ngannou.