Sunday, 9 April 2017

Usyk defeats Hunter in exciting fight to defend WBO cruiser title.

WBO cruiserweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk, 12-0, 10 KOs, retained his belt with an highly entertaining 12-round unanimous points win over unbeaten Mike Hunter of Las Vegas, 12-1, 8 KOs, on the HBO show at the MGM National harbour in Maryland last night..  The fight was a close affair over the first six rounds, before the Ukrainian stepped up the pace to pull away winning the majority of the last 6. Hunter boxed exceptionally but Usyk eventually found a way to figure him out, landing the harder shots with terrific accuracy as the fight wore on..  In the final round, Usyk decided to put his foot on the gas, opening up on the fading challenger, Hunter did amazingly well to survive the onslaught, only being forced to take a count when a series of shots hurled him into the ropes with only moments remaining..  Bill Clancy could easily have jumped in and saved Hunter with seconds remaining, but the tough Las vegan had proven his grit enough to complete the course..
All three scores were the same, 117-110, in favor of Usyk.