Oleksandr Usyk opens up on his painful defeat which was inflicted 15 years ago. The loss had been revealed but the star has changed and reigned supreme before his bout against Anthony Joshua.
Oleksandr Usyk Has Not Seen Humiliating Defeat In 15 Years
His most embarrassing loss came at the hands of a middleweight from Russia and the same has not been repeated in 15 years.
Anthony Joshua is mentally exhausted while preparing for the fight for the World Heavyweight title against Oleksandr Usyk. The Ukrainian has forgotten the pain of loss.
Usyk’s stats as an amateur stay are proof that one can master a boxing magician. Usyk was stopped by Matvey Korobov at the European Boxing Championships in 2006. Matvey stated that people rated him to be the favorite while Usyk was considered to be the underdog. The little-known boxer was crushed by the ruthless Korobov but 6 years down the line Usyk claimed the Gold at the Olympics in London in 2012.
Korobov has a fearsome reputation and Gold medallist Stephen Smith remembered him pretty well. They competed at the same event in Bulgaria in 2006. Korobov was stopping everyone in the championships and wiped the floor with all his opponents.
Oleksandr Usyk needed the “Mercy Rule” to help him out, which meant that the fighter would be spared by the referee if he was completely outclassed.
The bout was completely one-sided as there was a knockdown and then it was stopped.
Korobov dropped him and the ref scored it as a knockdown. The third round was stopped as Korobov had a large margin in the lead.
Koroboc used to win many games on this rule as he outclassed his opponents.
He had beaten Oleksandr Usyk by 20 points on that day, which would be an impossible feat in the present scenario.
Usyk was later forced into the next weight division and dominated there. He made way for another fighter, Ismail Sillakh, who was favored over him.
Usyk had retained his razor-sharp reflexes, despite the extra pounds of weight, and he inflicted a heartbreaking loss on Danny Price, which denied the Brit a place at the 2008 Beijing Games.