Usyk defeats Fury to become historic undisputed heavyweight champion


Oleksandr Usyk defeated Tyson Fury by splitdecision points in Riyadh on Saturday night to become the first-ever four-belt undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight champion in boxing history.

Fury began the highly-anticipated match strongly but was given a standing 10 count and was also saved by the bell after an Usyk onslaught in the ninth round.

After the 12th round, the judges scored 115-112 and 114-113 decisions in favour of Usyk, while a third judge scored 114-113 for Fury.

It was the first loss for Fury in his 16-year career as a professional boxer but did not concede defeat and stated that there will be a rematch later in the year, as per the clause in the match contract, giving the 35-year-old the opportunity to revenge.

“I believe he won a few of the rounds, but I won the majority,” he said .

“It was one of the daftest decisions in boxing. I’ll be back.”

Usyk’s victory saw him take Fury’s WBA, WBO and IBF belt and add it to his WBC belt which he claimed from Anthony Joshua.

The 37-year-old Ukrainian remains unbeaten in his career is looking forward to the rematch.

“Thank you so much to my team. It’s a big opportunity for my family, for me, for my country. It’s a great time, it’s a great day,” Usyk said.

“Yes, of course. I am ready for a rematch.”

Usyk is the first boxer in almost half a century to stand as sole heavyweight world champion.

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