Oleksandr Usyk is being reminded of his second win over Anthony Joshua, for all the wrong reasons, after beating another British fighter.
The WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion defended his belts with a ninth-round knockout win over Daniel Dubois in Poland on Saturday night.
Despite dominating for large parts of the fight, some people believe Usyk was lucky to retain his titles after Dubois floored him with a heavy shot in round five.
TNT Sports co-commentator, and former WBA and IBF super-bantamweight champion, Carl Frampton, was one of the many who disagreed with referee Luis Pabon calling the punch a low blow.
As boxing promoter Frank Warren and Dubois claimed they would officially protest the result, boxing fans were looking back at a similar incident in Usyk’s last fight.
Before his clash with Dubois, one fan had pointed out that Joshua appeared to hurt Usyk with a body shot in their August 2022 rematch, only for it to be called an illegal shot by the same referee.
Cobra Fade Boxing tweeted: “Joshua hurt Usyk so bad with a body shot he pretended it was low to buy time. Does he have a glass body, and can Dubois exploit it?”
After the Ukrainian was given several minutes to recover from another borderline shot, the video of AJ’s punch racked up millions of views.
Fans flooded the comment section to chastise Usyk for cheating.
One person tweeted: “The irony. Dubois should be champion right now via 5th round Body shot KO.”
Someone else wrote: “Ooooo wow. What a cheat it’s a trick he uses lol he pretends to be hit below lol to buy time same thing with Joshua.”
A third Twitter user simply said: “It was not a low blow.”
However, not everyone agreed and someone tried to prove Joshua did in fact land an illegal shot by posting a different angle of the incident, alongside the caption: “Nice try. Also a low blow.”
Another said: “Clearly below though still.
A frustrated fan added: “It’s clearly low. Some of you are so embarrassing.”
Usyk appeared unconcerned about gamesmanship accusations following his 21st professional win as he joked about rematching Dubois in a bare-knuckle street fight.
The 36-year-old is focused on a boxing WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
It’s hoped they’ll meet in a historic four-belt undisputed fight if ‘The Gypsy King’ emerges unscathed from his crossover bout with former UFC champion Francis Ngannou on October 28.
Boxing promoter Frank Warren recently ‘guaranteed’ the winner of Usyk vs Dubois would fight Fury, but the IBF mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic believes he’s next in line for a shot at Usyk.