Boxing Fans Argue Oleksandr Usyk Should Have Been Awarded TKO Win Against Tyson Fury in Round 9

Finally, the much anticipated fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk is in the books, and what a fight we had. With many shouts as it is already a contender for the best fight of the year, the exciting 12-round contest delivered on all fronts. That being said, let’s see what really happened in the battle.

As expected, both Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk did what they are good at, which is trying to take their opponent’s head off. While both fighters started with a body-heavy approach, the focus shifted upward in the latter rounds. By the end, Usyk suffered a cut above his right eye, while Fury had a bloody nose and a bruise under his right eye, meaning both fighters gave as good as they got.

With both fighters having dominant spells throughout the fight, it made for a good watch. Here, Usyk excelled with his accurate striking, really making a statement in Rounds 7,8,9 and 10. That said, Fury did a lot of good work in the earlier rounds, sometimes looking like he was having too much fun. In the end, some would say it ended up costing him as Usyk was eventually declared the winner by split decision.

Tyson Fury was almost knocked out by Oleksandr Usyk in Round 9

For the most part, there were many talking points from the fight and many more are likely to come up later. That being said, one of the biggest highlights was the close stoppage of Oleksandr Usyk in Round 9. Having mounted his comeback in Rounds 7 and 8, the Ukrainian really turned up the heat in Round 9. Thus, his actions were not just a turning point. in the battle but also a big point of discussion.

After connecting with a solid left hook, Usyk had Tyson Fury looking for the stars. Realizing he had the big man hurt, he continued to unload to the point where Fury was left back pedaling as his legs began to give out. After taking a huge fall against the ropes, the referee stepped in to give Fury a standing count. However, seeing the condition the Englishman was in, he could have easily stopped the fight.

Naturally, there was a massive uproar as to why exactly it wasn’t given as a stop. Seeing that Tyson was still on his feet, and refusing to go down despite the brutal beating, the referee, especially considering the occasion, probably made the right call. On top of that, seeing as it’s almost the end of the round, and a lot of fight still left, it was actually a good decision. Regardless, it was a massive factor as it resulted in a 10-8 round for Usyk.

Tyson Fury believes he has won the fight and is ready for the immediate rematch

As mentioned earlier, despite Tyson Fury having the lead and appearing to be in control of the fight near the midway point, things were very much in the balance before the start of Round 11. That being said, Fury managed to make some improvement and actually. gave Oleksandr Usyk a fight. However, by the end of Round 12, many will agree that Fury took his foot off the gas, and it quite obviously cost him the fight.

In the end, the scorecards read 115-112, 113-114, and 114-113 in favor of Oleksandr Usyk. That said, there was a lot of respect shown between the two fighters and Tyson Fury seemed to be in high spirits regardless of the result. That said, what he had to say in the post-fight interview was a little surprising to many:

“I think I won that fight, I think he won some of the rounds, but I won most of them. We both fought a good fight. His country is at war, so people are on the side of the country at war . Make no mistake, I won that fight. I had a split decision to a good man. Good luck to Oleksandr.”

Thus, despite what should have been a clearer victory on the scorecards for Oleksandr Usyk, Tyson Fury made a bold claim to have won that fight. That along with his reasoning for it was quite bizarre for many. All things considered, the important part was that both parties were on board with the rematch clause and will now look forward to the rematch later this year.

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