Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk has once again emerged victorious against former Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, this time via a split decision. This win paves the way for a potential unification fight with Britain’s Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia this Saturday.
In this highly anticipated rematch, Usyk, the former cruiserweight world champion, showcased his boxing skills, outperforming a determined Joshua. This victory extends Usyk’s unbeaten record to 20-0.
Usyk wasted no time in challenging Fury, who recently announced retirement but has indicated a desire to return to the ring. A showdown between Usyk and Fury could result in the unification of all four heavyweight titles, marking a significant achievement for Usyk, a former Olympic heavyweight champion and accomplished amateur.
Speaking to the crowd, Usyk expressed his confidence in Fury’s return, stating, “I’m sure that Tyson Fury is not retired yet. 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 in Ukraine, with millions of Ukrainians, particularly those living under the shadow of the Russian invasion, tuning in to watch. Usyk’s dedication to representing his country was evident throughout.
“I dedicate this victory to my country, my family, my team, and all the brave military personnel defending our nation,” he declared at the 12,000-seat King Abdullah Sports City Arena in Jeddah.