"It's a disgrace": former world champion spoke about the Usyk-Dubois fight, explaining the victory of the Ukrainian
Former world champion in the first welterweight Paulie Malignaggi criticized Daniel Dubois (19-2, 18 KOs) for refusing to continue the fight with Oleksandr Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs). The American noted that the opponent of our compatriot simply surrendered to the Ukrainian.
Malignaggi stated this on his Paulie TV YouTube channel. He added that he considers the behavior of Dubois a disgrace. He had a chance to fight for the championship belts of the super heavyweight division for the first time in his career but did not take advantage of it.
"Dubois has one problem: as the fight progresses, his fighting spirit leaves him and he just gives up. This was the case in the fight against Joe Joyce when he broke his orbital bone and refused to continue the fight right away. When Usyk started pestering Dubois with punches, the Brit started to lose his fighting spirit. The knockout in the ninth round was not the hardest punch, but Dubois was mentally broken. Daniel's defeat is a disgrace. He is a world-class boxer, but he is far inferior to many in terms of moral stability," Malignaggi said.
The British boxer hit our compatriot below the belt in the 5th round. Usyk took 5 minutes to recover, lying in the ring. Some time later there was video evidence that Dubois hit Usyk below the belt on purpose.
Usyk's catman Anber later came to the Sky Sports studio, where he analyzed this episode, citing undeniable facts of foul play. The World Boxing Association (WBA) commented on the scandal in the fight between Oleksandr and Daniel. The World Boxing Council (WBC) made a similar move.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, one of the Russian propaganda media decided to hurt Oleksandr Usyk in aquite ridiculous manner, remembering the "deprivation" of the Ukrainian of the championship belt. In addition, the legendary boxer Roy Jones Jr. found a "vulnerability" of the Ukrainian champion.