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Usyk taken the distance

Aleksandr Usyk was taken the distance for the second time in his career in a hard-fought contest with Mike Hunter to retain his WBO cruiserweight belt on a unanimous 12-round points decision at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA on Saturday night.

All three judges scored the fight 117-110.

Through the first six rounds there was very little in it, before the southpaw, Usyk, began to pick up the pace as he landed the harder shots and began to punish Hunter.

The champion dominated the last round and sent Hunter against the ropes with a series of rights and lefts as referee Bill Clancy called it a knockdown.

Usyk improved his record to 12-0; 10 and Hunter’s record dropped to 12-1; 8.

Ukrainian light-heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk retained his NABF title and captured the vacant NABO title with a third-round stoppage over Yuniesky Gonzalez of Miami, Florida.

Gvozdyk dominated from the opening bell and dropped Gonzalez in the third round. He managed to beat the count but after another barrage of punches the referee waved the fight off at 2:55 into the round.

Gvozdyk takes his record 13-0; 11 and Gonzalez’s record drops to 18-3; 14.


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