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What Oleksandr Usyk did at the end of round seven against Tyson Fury to swing the fight in his favour

SPORT BIBLE

Oleksandr Usyk made history by becoming the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in some 25 years by beating Tyson Fury – and one moment has been noticed as helping to swing the fight in his favour.

The 37-year-old became the first man since Lennox Lewis to hold all the belts in the heavyweight division when he beat Fury last night in Saudi Arabia on a split points decision.

Two judges scored the bout 115-112 and 114-113 in Usyk’s favour as he claimed victory, while another scored 114-113 to Fury in Riyadh.

It proved to be Fury’s first ever professional defeat, with a rematch tentatively in place for October, though that is far from certain, based upon post-fight comments from Fury and his promoter Frank Warren.

Speaking in the ring after the fight, Fury disagreed with the end result and felt sympathy had been shown towards Usyk due to him being Ukrainian and his country having been invaded by Russia.

He said: “I believe he won a few of the rounds, but I won the majority.

“His country is at war, so people are siding with the country at war. Make no mistake, I won that fight in my opinion.

“It was one of the daftest decisions in boxing. I’ll be back.”

Usyk responded: “Thank you so much to my team. It’s a big opportunity for my family, for me, for my country. It’s a great time, it’s a great day.

“I am ready for a rematch.”

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