The 30 seconds that shook Fury and took Usyk to the summit of boxing | Barney Ronay

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Ukrainian makes convincing case as greatest of all time after rocking the Gypsy King to unify the heavyweight division

In the final shake-up it was those 30 seconds at the end of the ninth round that determined Oleksandr Usyk would finish the night holding all four heavyweight belts, the first man to do so this century; and in the process complete an ascent to the most rarefied all-time champion air.

This was a wonderful heavyweight fight, 12 rounds of craft, heart and in Tyson Fury’s case, bloody-minded will to keep throwing punches from the edge of unconsciousness. If that half a minute was pivotal, a knockdown that ultimately shaped the judges’ cards, it also captured the wider patterns of a fight during which Usyk worked away at Fury like a man chopping down a tree with a forged steel hatchet.

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Written by Barney Ronay
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/article/2024/may/19/tyson-fury-oleksandr-usyk-heavyweight-boxing under the title “The 30 seconds that shook Fury and took Usyk to the summit of boxing | Barney Ronay”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.