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Usyk beats Fury to become world heavyweight boxing champion

Updated on: 20 May,2024 07:25 AM IST  |  Riyadh
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Britain’s Fury was the early aggressor but Usyk gradually took charge and the “Gypsy King” was saved by the bell in the ninth round before slumping to his first career defeat.

Usyk beats Fury to become world heavyweight boxing champion

Oleksandr Usyk celebrates his win over Tyson Fury in Riyadh yesterday. Pic/AFP

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Oleksandr Usyk, 37, beat Tyson Fury by split decision to win the world’s first undisputed heavyweight championship in 25 years on Sunday, an unprecedented feat in boxing’s four-belt era. Britain’s Fury was the early aggressor but Usyk gradually took charge and the “Gypsy King” was saved by the bell in the ninth round before slumping to his first career defeat.


Ukraine’s Usyk, who remains undefeated, joins the likes of Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis and Mike Tyson as undisputed heavyweight champion, the first since boxing recognised four major belts in the 2000s. With the win, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion can legitimately claim to be the best of this heavyweight era, although a rematch expected in October could provide another twist. “It is a big opportunity for me, for my family, for my country,” said Usyk.


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