Usyk vs. Dubois: What to know ahead of one of the biggest boxing events of 2023

25 August, 06:09 PM
Title fight (Photo:Twitter)

Title fight (Photo:Twitter)

In one of the biggest boxing fights of 2023, Ukraine’s world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk is in Poland to defend his titles against Daniel Dubois at Wroclaw’s Tarchinski Arena on Aug. 26.

NV will host an online broadcast of the Usyk-Dubois fight.

What to know:

Boxer Introductions:

Oleksandr Usyk was born on January 17, 1987, in Simferopol, Ukraine.

The former undisputed world champion in the cruiserweight division now holds the WBA, WBO, IBF, and The Ring heavyweight championships.

He became the undisputed cruiserweight champion after soundly beating Russia’s Murat Gassiev in the World Boxing Super Series championship final in 2019.

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2012 Olympic champion, 2011 world champion, 2008 European champion.

Usyk has never been beaten as a professional. He has won all 20 of his fights, with 13 coming by knockout.

This is Usyk’s first fight since defending his belts in an immediate rematch versus Anthony Joshua on Aug. 20, 2022.

Ukrainian soldiers presented Usyk with an icon before the fight (Фото: Top Rank Boxing)
Ukrainian soldiers presented Usyk with an icon before the fight / Photo: Top Rank Boxing

Daniel Dubois was born on September 6, 1997, in London, UK.

Dubois is the WBA “regular” world champion (ed. see note below) and has held a number of other regional belts, including the Commonwealth and British titles.

As a professional, Dubois is 19-1 with 18 wins coming by knockout. His sole loss was against countryman Joe Joyce in a title fight in November 2020.

His most recent fight was against Kevin Lerena on July 3, where Dubois won by TKO in the third round.

The fight card:

Plenty of Ukrainian fighters will see action on the undercard, including Ukraine’s 2012 Olympic silver medalist Denys Berinchyk (17-0-0).

Tarczyński Arena (Фото: Collage by NV)
Tarczyński Arena / Photo: Collage by NV
  • Oleksandr Usyk (20-0-0) — Daniel Dubois (19-1-0)
  • Denys Berinchyk (17-0-0) — Anthony Yigit (27-3-1)
  • Dmytro Mytrofanov (13-0-1) — Hamzah Sheeraz (17-0-0)
  • Daniel Lapin (7-0-0) — Aron Schwartz (20-6-1)
  • Fiodor Cherkashyn (22-0-0) — Anauel Ngamissengue (12-0-0)
  • Rafal Wolczecki (9-0-0) — Roberto Arriaza (19-7-0)
  • Vasile Cebotari (13-0-0) — Joel Julio (39-17-0)
  • Nursultan Amanzholov (5-0-0) — Lazizbek Mullojonov (3-0-0)
  • Oleksandr Solomennikov (12-0-0) — Petr Gudel (10-10-1)
  • Ziyad Almaayouf (3-0-0) — Janos Penzes (3-4-0)
  • Bryce Mills (12-1-0) — Damian Tymosz (7-2-1)
  • Yaroslav Khartsyz (2-0-0) — Konrad Chaykovsky (2-0-1)

Who is the favorite?

If the oddsmakers have anything to say about it, Usyk is the favorite headed into the fight. The odds for an Usyk triumph stand at 1.14, while his opponent has odds of 7.50. A draw has 26.00 odds.

Oddsmakers don’t believe that Dubois will make it through the entire fight either. The odds that the fight ends early are at 1.37, with 3.05 odds that the fight goes the distance.

  • Usyk wins early – 1.52
  • Usyk wins on points – 3.45
  • Dubois wins early – 11.00
  • Dubois wins on points – 19.00

Megogo, Ukraine’s largest entertainment service, will be broadcasting the fight.

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