Boxing champions across different cadres have supported British heavyweight boxer Daniel Dubois, stating that the 25-year-old was cheated out of victory.
This was during yesterday’s Bout staged in Poland, which saw Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk retain the unified WBO, IBF and WBA heavyweight belts. Titles that Usyk had won from, and defended against Anthony Joshua.
Dubois, who lost the heavyweight world championship to Usyk, wants to “get justice” after the match. Entering the ring as an underdog he knocked out Usyk in the fifth round of their fight. However, this was ruled out as a low blow, and Usyk was given nearly four minutes to recover.
Many observers, including Dubois’s promoter Frank Warren, felt was the wrong call and said that he would be calling for a rematch against the Ukrainian world champion as he complained angrily over the result of the match.
British Boxers Amir Khan and Josh Taylor all came in support of Dubois, all in disagreement with the referee’s decision to call the punch a low blow, both went on X formerly Twitter to air their thought on the match.
Others who weighed in on the controversy include boxing promoter Rick Glasier and boxer Anthony Yarde.
Even though the duel took place in Wroclaw, Poland, Usyk could almost call the city of Wroclaw home because a third of the 40,000 spectators had come from Ukraine or were refugees who now reside in Poland or other nations as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Frank Warren referred to it as a “complete home decision” as Usyk went on to extend his unblemished professional record to 21 bouts.