In a highly anticipated rematch, Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk has emerged victorious once again, defeating former Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, this time by split decision. The thrilling bout has now paved the way for a potential unification fight with Britain’s Tyson Fury, scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia this coming Saturday.
Usyk, the former cruiserweight world champion, had previously bested British Nigerian Joshua in London the previous year. In this latest clash, Joshua showed improvement, but Usyk’s boxing skills prevailed once more, solidifying his dominance in the heavyweight division. Usyk remains undefeated with an impressive record of 20 wins.
Following his victory, Usyk wasted no time in calling out Tyson Fury, who had recently announced his retirement but had indicated a willingness to return to the ring. A showdown with Fury would offer Usyk the chance to unify all four heavyweight belts, a significant accomplishment for the Ukrainian, who has a remarkable background in amateur boxing and Olympic success.
“I’m sure that Tyson Fury is not retired yet,” Usyk declared to the crowd. “I’m convinced he wants to fight me. I want to fight him. If I’m not fighting Tyson Fury, I’m not fighting at all.”
The bout garnered widespread attention, particularly in Ukraine, where millions of people watched the match on free-to-air television. Usyk’s decision to compete in the rematch was fueled by his commitment to represent his country amid the ongoing conflict with Russia.
“I dedicate this victory to my country, my family, my team, and all the military personnel defending our nation,” he declared to the audience at the 12,000-seat King Abdullah Sports City Arena in Jeddah.
Usyk’s impressive win not only cements his status as a dominant force in the heavyweight division but also sets the stage for an eagerly awaited showdown with Tyson Fury, promising an epic clash for boxing enthusiasts worldwide.