By M. Sulaiman / WBC: A big surprise in England as Ukrainian hero Oleksandr Usyk defeated the wide favorite Anthony Joshua in a stadium crowded with seventy-seven thousand fans.
It was all part of a crafty strategy, clever boxing, speed, and heart that Usyk employed to take over the WBO, IBF, and WBA belts. Few gave the Ukrainian a chance to win, as he has been moving up from cruiserweight, and Joshua was considered a grand champion.
There is a contract for a rematch, but I saw Joshua very demoralized at the end, and it will be a matter of time to know if he will seek revenge … or not.
Former WBC world heavyweight champion, also from Ukraine, Vitali Klitschko, was there in the front row. Vitali is the current governor of Kyiv, the country’s capital, and he was a great host during our 57th convention in 2018.
During this convention, the WBC announced a modification to the world champion belt: the Ukrainian flag was added to the primary logo as a tribute and recognition to the greatness of that country in the world of boxing.
In just a few years, since there’s been professional boxing in that country and in all the nations which belonged to the former Soviet Union, they have managed to crown an actual number of world champions, starting with the brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, Vasiliy Lomachenko, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Viktor Postol and, of course, Usyk.
This October 9, the highly anticipated rematch between the WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury against the former champion Deontay Wilder will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Wilder managed to save a draw in their first bout as he dramatically knocked Fury down in the ninth and twelfth rounds. In the second bout, Tyson completely dominated Deontay, overwhelming him for a TKO in seven matches.
There was always the great expectation of seeing a unification fight between our champion Wilder and then Fury against Anthony Joshua. Unfortunately, Joshua was knocked out by Andy Ruiz, and now he lost his titles against Usyk.