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Oleksandr Usyk Nearly Knocks Out Tyson Fury, Captures Heavyweight Titles in Instant Classic

Oleksandr Usyk Nearly Knocks Out Tyson Fury
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tyson Fury

In a clash for the ages, Oleksandr Usyk became the first undisputed heavyweight champion in 25 years after narrowly defeating Tyson Fury by split decision in a thrilling 12-round bout. The fight, held at a packed venue, was nothing short of an epic battle between two of boxing’s most formidable heavyweights.

As the smaller fighter in the ring, Usyk faced a daunting challenge dealing with Fury’s size and power throughout the night. However, he came closest to finishing the fight in a spectacular ninth round. With Fury on the defensive, Usyk unleashed a massive combination, ending with a huge right hand that staggered Fury. As Fury wobbled, Usyk pressed forward with another fierce combination, including a staggering left hook, nearly prompting referee Mark Nelson to stop the fight. Instead, Nelson stepped in to give Fury a standing 10 count, allowing him to survive the round as the bell rang seconds later.

Despite being visibly shaken, Fury recovered between rounds and came back strong, giving Usyk all he could handle in the final three rounds. The judges scored the fight 115-112 and 114-113 for Usyk, with the third judge scoring it 114-113 for Fury. This split decision was enough to crown Usyk as the new undisputed heavyweight champion, maintaining his undefeated record.

“Thank you so much for my team,” Usyk said, emotion evident on his face. “It’s a great time, it’s a great day.”

Fury, while gracious in defeat, felt he had done enough to win.

“I believe I won that fight,” Fury stated. “I believe he won a few of the rounds but I believe I won the majority of them. We both put on a good fight, the best we could do. His country’s at war so people are siding with the country at war. Make no mistake, I won that fight, in my opinion. I’ll be back. I’ve got a rematch clause. We’ll run it back October.”

The fight’s outcome hinged on several pivotal moments, particularly Usyk’s near finish in the ninth round. Usyk’s relentless activity and forward pressure troubled Fury early, with Fury finding his rhythm only by the third round. Fury’s best round came in the sixth, where he landed several hard shots, forcing Usyk to backpedal and play defense. 

However, Usyk’s resurgence in the ninth round nearly ended the contest. Fury’s resilience and the referee’s decision to allow him to continue showcased Fury’s toughness, despite being on the brink of a knockout.

As the fight continued, both fighters exchanged powerful blows, with Fury’s straight right catching Usyk off guard multiple times. The final rounds were a testament to both fighters’ determination, making it a close contest until the end.

Given the immediate rematch clause, fans can anticipate a highly anticipated sequel later this year. For now, Usyk celebrates his historic victory as the undisputed heavyweight champion, while Fury faces the challenge of avenging the first loss of his illustrious career.


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