Oleksandr Usyk defended four championship belts in the junior heavyweight category, knockout in Manchester in the eighth round of Tony Bellew. The Ukrainian will move to the heavyweight class, the Englishman in turn announced the end of his career.
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The 31-year-old Usyk (16-0), unbeaten in ring professionals, continued to WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO titles, but before the latter – it turned out – the eighth 35-year battle Bellew (30-3-1) went unevenly on points – 67:66, 68:65, 67:67.
For a very long time the duel was leveled, but eventually ended with a spectacular victory from Ukraine who intended to move to the heavy category. If this happens, the four paths of the Olympic champions from London will be empty, and then the full WBO Champion will be declared the winner of the battle in Chicago, Krzysztof Głowacki. The Pole defeated Maksym Własow on Russian points, with a temporary (stake) title at stake.
In the past, Głowacki was a WBO champion and lost the trophy after losing to Uski.
Meanwhile, Bellew announced the end of his career. – I tried my best, but an extraordinary warrior like Usyk turned out to be a better boxer – said the Englishman. Usyk wants to fight Anthony Joshua now.