Before they faced off, boxing fans predicted Oleksandr Usyk would easily beat Daniel Dubois to retain his status as the unified heavyweight champion. While he did win via ninth-round knockout, fans didn’t expect the controversy surrounding the victory.
Almost a week after the fight, everyone is talking about waistlines and what makes or breaks calling a shot a low blow.
In the fifth round, Dubois landed a shot that was called a low blow. The blow was right by the belt line, but it was up to the referee’s discretion and the rules he outlined to determine what makes a low blow. For Usyk, this might be a blessing in disguise. For months, all fans could talk about is Tyson Fury, the WBC heavyweight champion. A wise man said controversy creates cash, and people are now talking about the Ukrainian.
Was it a low hit, or were Usyk’s shorts too high? Is there a way to fix the rules so we don’t have to look into the millimeters surrounding a boxer’s waist and shorts? Like an umpire in baseball, what ultimately determines strike zone location?
- Debating if there should be a rematch between Usyk and Dubois
- Wondering about Dubois’ chances against Usyk in a potential rematch
- If no rematch, looking into Usyk and Dubois’ future
- Predicting the winner of Liam Smith vs. Chris Eubank Jr. 2
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