Weekend Review: Oleksandr Usyk made history with transcendent efficiency

Weekend Review: Oleksandr Usyk made history with transcendent efficiency

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Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk (right) did a lot of damage with his left hand. Richard Pelham / Getty Images

I utilized to roll my eyes when anybody compared Usyk to another cruiserweight titleholder who endedupbeing heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, who I think is amongst the 2 or 3 finest fighters pound-for-pound over the past 40 years.

I can’t do that anylonger, not after what Usyk did on Saturday in Saudi Arabia.

Usyk gotridof a sluggish start and a spirited effort from Tyson Fury to rating a essential ninth-round knockdown and go on to win a split choice in an legendary fight inbetween the 2 finest fighters in the department, hence endingupbeing the veryfirst indisputable heavyweight champ giventhat Lennox Lewis a quarter century back.

And he relied as much on grit as his boxing wizardry to do it. He appeared to be in difficulty in the veryfirst half of the battle, as Fury was able to land heavy punches – lotsof to the body – remarkably regularly offered Usyk’s technical capability.

Usyk not just madeitthrough the rough stretch however handled to turn the tables in the 2nd half of the battle, highlighted by a monstrous left to the head that resulted in a standing knockdown and almost ended Fury’s night in Round 9. Usyk went on to outwork Fury down the stretch, which was enough to have his hand raised.

One might argue that Fury did enough to get the nod – Fury himself pleaded his case later – however coupleof outdoors the loser’s camp is sobbing break-in. Usyk made the biggest success of his profession.

The 37-year-old Ukrainian hasactually beat previous heavyweight king Anthony Joshua in back-to-back battles and now Fury in a four-fight period even however he was overshadowed by both of them, leaving little doubt that he’s the leading heavyweight at least till an expected rematch with Fury and an all-time terrific.

I still have problem comparing Usyk to Holyfield, who was a controling 190-pounder (the cruiserweight limitation at the time) a

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