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Oleksandr Usyk beats Tyson Fury to become first undisputed World Champion in 25 years

Oleksandr Usyk beats Tyson Fury to become first undisputed World Champion in 25 years

Oleksandr Usyk edged out Tyson Fury to become the undisputed world heavyweight champion in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Usyk is the first undisputed heavyweight champion since 1999 when Lennox Lewis toppled Evander Holyfield.

He also made history by becaming boxing’s first four-belt undisputed heavyweight champion.

He won Fury by split decision, with two judges scoring the bout 115-112 and 114-113 in his favour.

Overall, Usyk controlled the fight and worked the body while backing Fury to the corner on several occasions.

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He also had the ‘Gypsy King’ badly hurt in the ninth round after landing a stinging left hand.Oleksandr Usyk, Tyson Fury, Undisputed, Boxing, World champion

Fury seemed out on his feet, but referee Mark Nelson failed to halt the contest.

Speaking in the ring after the result, Usyk said: “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.”

Asked about a rematch, he replied: “Yes, of course. I am ready for a rematch.”

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The Ukrainian improved his pro record to 22-0 and inflicted the first defeat of the Brit’s pro career in the process.

An immediate rematch is written in the contract, which is tentatively scheduled for October.

But the proposed second meeting won’t have the IBF title on the line as the organisation is set to strip Usyk of the belt.

Croatian star Filip Hrgovic, who’s the overdue mandatory challenger, faces Daniel Dubois on June 1, with the IBF strap set to be up for grabs.

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