WBO Cruiserweight Champion, Oleksandr Usyk, successfully defended his title for a second time, securing a unanimous decision victory over former US Olympian, Michael Hunter, on Saturday.
At the end of the fight, all three judges scored the contest 117-110 in favour of Usyk.
However, the fight wasn’t the landslide victory many had predicted for Usyk, and the Ukranian was forced to work hard to retain his crown.
In the early stages of the contest, Usyk struggled with Hunter’s jab and well-rounded boxing skills. Unfortunately for Hunter, he didn’t possess enough power to worry Usyk.
Mid-way through the fourth, tired of Hunter’s jab, Usyk began to unload power shots. Hunter retaliated, firing a retaliatory barrage and landing some power punches toward the end of the round.
As the fifth round came to a close, Usyk unleashed a mean left hand which sent Hunter reeling toward the ropes.
The sixth round saw some entertaining exchanges. Most notably, in the final minute, when Usyk landed another left hand sending Hunter into the corner where the two warriors exchanged some heavy punches.
Late in round eight, Usyk was again successful with a barrage of left hands – sending Hunter into the ropes. Hunter, however, fought back, removing himself from a dangerous position against the ropes.
By the ninth, the fight looked like it was taking it’s toll on Hunter. Usyk finally began to break through the former Olympian’s defences – getting inside and landing hard left hands.
Hunter found himself in even more trouble during round ten when he was left holding on with less than 60 seconds left in the round after being caught with two left hands, first to the body and then to the head.
In the final round, Usyk repeatedly rocked Hunter. In the last minute, referee, Bill Clancy, awarded a knockdown for Usyk when the ropes propped up a wounded Hunter.