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This is why Oleksandr Usyk vacates the heavyweight title

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After becoming the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the four-belt era, Oleksandr Usyk has officially vacated his IBF belt.

Anthony Joshua and Daniel Dubois, who’s rumored for a clash in Wembley Stadium in London on September 21, might compete for the vacant title.

“Anthony and Daniel, listen, I know IBF title important to you,” Usyk said. “[Call] it my present to you on Sept. 21.”

Watch Usyk’s announcement below.

 

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Oleksandr Usyk to face Tyson Fury in a rematch

Usyk still retains the WBA, WBC, and WBO heavyweight belts. He won the WBC strap when he defeated Tyson Fury on points a while back.

The two are scheduled for a rematch in Riyadh, which is set to take place on December 21.

The Ukrainian became the undisputed cruiserweight champion in 2018 after winning the WBC, WBO, IBF, and WBA (Super) titles. He was the first  cruiserweight boxer to hold all four major world titles simultaneously. After clearing out the division, Usyk moved up to heavyweight in 2019.

Before turning to pro boxing, Usyk had an impressive amateur career, winning the gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Want to learn more about the history of heavyweight champions? Check out this boxing guide: Every World Heavyweight Champion between 1885-2023


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