The Drama-Filled Night of Usyk vs Dubois: A Recap of Controversy and Triumph

Oleksandr Usyk's knockout punch in action.

In a boxing arena pulsating with energy, Oleksandr Usyk and Daniel Dubois met in a clash that was billed as one for the ages. The showdown was a cocktail of raw power, technical finesse, and, unfortunately, controversy. It promised fans a high-drama night filled with explosive exchanges and it delivered, albeit with contentious moments that have left many questioning the outcome. The Wroclaw event brought more than just punches; it left us grappling with debates around refereeing decisions, the effectiveness of body shots, and the essence of fair competition in a sport marred by human judgment.

This bout had everything from the defending heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, looking as nimble and calculated as ever, to British challenger Daniel Dubois, who showed moments of brilliance despite eventually losing. Both fighters and their corners carried the weight of anticipation and the burden of proof: Usyk, to prove that his second victory over Anthony Joshua wasn’t a fluke, and Dubois, to showcase that he is more than just a contender. Yet, what unfolded was not merely a test of their skills but also a drama that invoked the age-old debates that define boxing itself.

Opening Rounds

As the bell rang to signal the beginning of this much-anticipated fight, both Oleksandr Usyk and Daniel Dubois stepped into the ring with an air of invincibility, their eyes locked in a silent dialogue of impending warfare. The opening rounds set the tone for the rest of the night, a tantalizing blend of strategy and raw power that had spectators on the edge of their seats.

From the opening bell, Usyk showed why he’s a champion. His southpaw jab was quick and accurate, establishing an early lead in the scorecards. Daniel Dubois was back in the ring for the first time in a year but seemed to struggle with Usyk’s rapid jabs and distance control.

Round Scores (Unofficial)


The Shot Heard Around the Ring

It was in the fifth round that the atmosphere shifted. Dubois landed a powerful uppercut to Usyk’s waistbanda questionable move that led to significant debate. Referee Luis Pabon chose not to initiate a count, allowing Usyk time to recover.

For a long four minutes, the fight was halted, adding fuel to the ongoing debate over whether the blow was illegal. Usyk took this time to recuperate, and Dubois was visibly frustrated.

Key Factors

  • No Count Started by Referee
  • 4 Minutes of Recovery for Usyk
  • No Official Warning for Dubois

Dubois’s Short-Lived Comeback

Just when it seemed like Daniel Dubois was gaining momentum and turning the tides in his favor, his comeback was abruptly halted, leaving fans and analysts questioning what could have been.

After the pause, Dubois appeared more aggressive, charging Usyk with renewed vigor. His body shots in the sixth round showed promise and seemed to be his best round of the night. However, it turned out to be a false dawn.

Round Scores:


Usyk’s Merciless Finish

In a stunning display of skill and determination, Oleksandr Usyk unleashed a relentless assault in the final round that left no doubt about his claim to victory.

As the fight progressed into the seventh and eighth rounds, Usyk regained his poise and turned the tables. A quick combination in round seven left Dubois disoriented. By the ninth round, a powerful right hand from Usyk sent Dubois to the canvas, effectively sealing the victory.

Dubois on his knees after a powerful strike from Usyk.

The TKO Decision

Referee Luis Pabon saw enough, signaling an end to the match and confirming Usyk’s victory via Technical Knockout.

Promoter Frank Warren was quick to pledge lobbying for a rematch. An undisputed showdown with WBC champion Tyson Fury is also on the cards.

Possible Future Matches

  • Rematch with Daniel Dubois
  • A Fight with Tyson Fury
  • Other contenders in the heavyweight division

Other Key Matches

Aside from the headline-grabbing duel between Usyk and Dubois, the fight card was packed with equally riveting bouts that deserve their share of the spotlight.

A Night of Knockouts

  • Denys Berinchyk vs Anthony Yigit: A 12-round thriller ending in unanimous decision favoring Berinchyk.
  • Hamzah Sheeraz vs Dmytro Mytrofanov: Sheeraz stole the show, scoring four knockdowns in just over three-and-a-half minutes.
  • Aadam Hamed vs Vojtech Hrdy: Aadam Hamed made a successful professional debut, finishing Hrdy in the first round.

By unpacking this night of high-drama boxing, we’ve seen a champion retain his title but also witnessed moments that call the officiating into question. Whether there will be a rematch or not, one thing is certain: this fight will be discussed for years to come.

Boxing Expert Curt Delroy
reviewed by: Curt Delroy (Boxing Expert)

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