Ukrainian boxer, WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight belt holder Oleksandr Usyk defeated British heavyweight Anthony Joshua in a rematch by decision of the judges. The broadcast of the fight on the night of Sunday, August 21, was shown in 190 countries around the world.
The bout at the King Abdullah Sports City, a multifunctional sports complex in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, went on for 12 rounds.
It should be noted the fifth three-minute period, when Joshua used an illegal technique – he hit the opponent below the belt. However, Usyk soon returned to normal.
In addition, in the eighth and ninth rounds, the Briton “walked” on the body of the Ukrainian.
Usyk did not remain in debt – in the tenth fight he delivered a series of powerful blows to Joshua.
As a result, the Ukrainian boxer defeated the British by decision of the judges. The opinions of the board were divided: 115-113 in favor of the British, 115-113 in favor of the Ukrainian and 116-112 in favor of Usyk.
“I dedicate this battle to my State – Ukraine, the Armed Forces of Ukraine and everyone who is now defending my country!” Usyk said after the victory.
As you know, on the eve of the fight, Usyk showed a record weight in his career – 100.5 kg. At the same time, Joshua was even heavier – 110.9 kg. For participation in the duel, both will receive $ 40 million plus a percentage of the sale of paid broadcasts.
35-year-old Usyk had 19 fights in the professional ring, not counting this, and won all of them (13 by knockout). Joshua, 32, has a total of 26 fights, 24 wins (22 by KO) and two losses.