Oleksandr Usyk has gotten through a dubious moment in his world heavyweight title battle with Daniel Dubois to win by knockout in the 9th round.
Guarding his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against one of his required challengers, Usyk ruled for huge times of the initial four rounds against his English rival in Wroclaw.
In any case, in the fifth, Usyk hit the material after what was seen to be a cheap shot, the Ukrainian taking most of the allowed five minutes to recuperate.
Replays showed that the shot from Dubois was fringe one way or the other and will definitely be utilized by Queensberry Advancements to lead requires a rematch or lower Usyk’s worth in a unification confrontation with WBC champion Tyson Fury.
In any case, the possible completion was convincing, Usyk flooring Dubois in the last seconds of the eighth round prior to recreating the accomplishment in the accompanying meeting.
After what had been an undeniably more serious battle than many had expected, it was a manageable completion, Dubois apparently able to take a 10 count after what was minimal in excess of a poke.
By this point, Dubois had been blurring when Usyk had tracked down a revitalizing burst of energy subsequent to taking discipline in the center rounds, however the away contender merits recognition for his presentation against one of the pound-for-pound best.
Talking after the session, Dubois said that he felt “cheated” out of becoming title holder, while promoter Frank Warren portrayed Luis Pabon’s choice to call the urgent second in support of Usyk as “a home choice”.
As a compulsory challenger, Dubois is probably not going to acquire a quick rematch, with Usyk expected to face IBF required Filip Hrgovic in the New Year.