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Oleksandr Usyk Vacates IBF Title Earlier than Anthony Joshua vs. Daniel Dubois Boxing Combat

Paul Kasabian Featured Columnist II June 25, 2024 Mohammed Saad/Anadolu via Getty Images Oleksandr Usyk announced on Instagram that he has vacated his IBF heavyweight title, a belt that will now be contested when Anthony Joshua and Daniel Dubois face off on Aug. 21 in London. Usyk successfully defended his IBF, WBA and WBO belts

Oleksandr Usyk Vacates IBF Title Earlier than Anthony Joshua vs. Daniel Dubois Boxing Combat

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJune 25, 2024

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - MAY 19: Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine beats Tyson Fury (not seen) of United Kingdom to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 19, 2024. (Photo by Mohammed Saad/Anadolu via Getty Images)

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Oleksandr Usyk announced on Instagram that he has vacated his IBF heavyweight title, a belt that may now be contested when Anthony Joshua and Daniel Dubois face off on Aug. 21 in London.

Usyk efficiently defended his IBF, WBA and WBO belts in a break up resolution victory over Tyson Fury final Might and received the WBC belt off the ex-champ as properly. He has a two-fight cope with Fury, and that subsequent bout will go down on Dec. 21 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabiia.

Nevertheless, as ESPN’s Mike Coppinger defined, the IBF needed to strip Usyk of the belt if he didn’t face its obligatory challenger (Dubois) subsequent. Since Usyk is already set for a Fury bout, the drop right here was inevitable.

Usyk had a little bit enjoyable with the announcement.

“Anthony and Daniel, hear: I do know, IBF title essential to you,” Usyk said, including that this was “my current to you on Sept. 21.”

The 21-2 Dubois, 26, is the interim IBF heavyweight champion after beating Filip Hrgović through eighth-round TKO on June 1. All however one in all his victories have come through knockout. He beforehand fought Usyk for the WBA, WBO and IBF belts final August however misplaced through ninth-round knockout.

The 28-3 Joshua has held the WBA, IBF and WBO titles on two completely different events. He efficiently defended all three collectively 3 times earlier than dropping the belts in a shocking seventh-round TKO to Andy Ruiz Jr. in June 2019.

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Joshua received them again through unanimous resolution six months later, however he misplaced them once more to Usyk in Sept. 2021 after which fell when the 2 squared up once more in Aug. 2022. The primary loss was through unanimous resolution, and the second was by break up resolution.

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