Oleksandr Usyk knocks out Daniel Dubois to retain heavyweight titles

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Orthodox Oleksandr Usyk knocked out Daniel Dubois in the ninth round to retain his WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight world titles.

In the early rounds it was fairly even affair with both fighters, though Dubois’ underdog status was still very much on display compared to the formidable Usyk.

It was at the fifth round that things began to really spice up, with Usyk going down and looking hurt from a low blow was on the backfoot, though the Ukrainian still managed to land a huge left hand on his opponent.

From then on, Dubois began to take control as he built in confidence, coming out fast in both Rounds 6 and 7 and turning the fight into an aggressive fast-paced shootout.

But while the Brit had his eyes on a knockout blow, Usyk had other ideas and continued to carefully apply the pressure eventually getting the upper-hand in the eighth, knocking Dubois down at the end of the round and he only just beat the count.

But he could not beat the count for a second time, going down in ninth round.

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