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Oleksandr Usyk proposes immediate bare-knuckle rematch with Daniel Dubois following controversial low blow in KO win


Oleksandr Usyk has jokingly agreed to grant Daniel Dubois an immediate rematch.

However, the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight world champion says it must take place in the streets of Wroclaw, Poland within 24 hours of their controversial clash at the Tarczynski Arena.

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Usyk defended his heavyweight belts with a ninth-round KO victory

“I’m ready for a rematch tomorrow in a street fight,” Usyk declared during his post-fight press conference.

“No boxing gloves, but fists. Not legs, only fists.”

Despite dominating on the scorecards before finding a knockout blow, some believe Usyk is lucky to have retained his titles after Dubois landed a heavy shot in the fifth round.

Boxing fans were divided in their opinions as the British challenger floored the Ukrainian heavyweight world champion with a huge punch to his belt line.

Footage shows what Oleksandr Usyk said to Daniel Dubois in animated post-fight exchange
Tony Bellew passionately defends Oleksandr Usyk and accuses Daniel Dubois of 'spewing it'

It was quickly ruled a low blow by referee Luis Pabon and Usyk was given several minutes to recover from the shot TNT Sports co-commentator, and former WBA and IBF super-bantamweight title holder, Carl Frampton insisted was clean.

Many social media users agreed with Frampton’s assessment, as did Dubois and his promoter Frank Warren who revealed their intention to appeal the decision.

That was after Usyk worked his way back into the fight and scored a heavy knockdown at the end of round eight.

Dubois was down for a second time in the following frame and, on that occasion, he did not return to his feet, as the bout was waved off.

There was a huge amount of controversy over whether Dubois' attempted body shot was low or not

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There was a huge amount of controversy over whether Dubois’ attempted body shot was low or not
Usyk recovered to stop Dubois in round nine

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Usyk recovered to stop Dubois in round nineCredit: Getty

Unless he’s ordered to box Dubois again, Usyk will move on to bigger things and potentially a historic four-belt undisputed fight with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

The long-time rivals were expected to face off at London’s Wembley Stadium in April before Usyk withdrew from fight talks and his promoter Alex Krassyuk accused Fury of making ‘disrespectful demands.’

Usyk only replied ‘I’m ready’ when asked about the prospect of finally facing the Englishman whom Warren recently ‘guaranteed’ would face the winner of Usyk vs Dubois.

First, he’s got to get by former UFC champion Francis Ngannou in October and convince Filip Hrgovic to step aside after he recently secured a mandatory shot at Usyk’s IBF title.





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