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Inside Oleksandr Usyk’s only defeat when he was knocked down and stopped

Oleksandr Usyk has enjoyed a perfect professional career thus far with 18 straight victories under his belt.

The skilled Ukrainian fighter is a master of the squared circle. He has won all four cruiserweight belts before moving up to heavyweight to take on unified champion Anthony Joshua.

In the amateur ranks, he won gold medals at Olympic Games, World Championships, and European Championships. He also has a impressive 335-15 record.

Six years prior to his victory at London 2012, Usyk was defeated by Matvey Korobov, a Russian middleweight.



Oleksandr Usyk
Oleksandr Usyk has enjoyed a perfect professional career thus far with 18 straight victories under his belt

When recalling his clash with the future cruiserweight king at the 2006 European Boxing Championships, Korobov said: “There was a knockdown, there was a stoppage.

“I think I dropped him off his feet. The referee scored an outright knockdown. That was my impression of the final round, the second if I am correct.

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Oleksandr Usyk of the Ukraine (in red) defends against Clemente Russo of Italy (in blue) during the Heavyweight (91kg) boxing final of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the ExCel Arena August 11, 2012 in London. Usyk won gold on a 14-11 points decision
But the former undisputed cruiserweight champion was once knocked down and stopped in the amateurs

“The third round was stopped by the points, because I was many points ahead of him.”

In amateur boxing, the ‘Mercy Rule’ allowed a fighter to be spared by the referee if he is being completely outclassed by his opponent.

In this instance, Usyk had to use it to save himself from the barrage of punishments by Korobov.



MIANYANG, CHINA: Korobov Matvey (R) of Russia exchanges punches with Emilio Correa Bayeux of Cuba during their 75 kg category semi-final of the13th World Senior Boxing Championships in Mianyang city, in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, 19 November 2005
Matvey Korobov handed the Ukrainian his only stoppage defeat in 2006



Inside Oleksandr Usyk's only defeat when he was knocked down and stopped

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Commonwealth gold medallist Stephen Smith, who competed at the same tournament, said: “He [Korobov] used to win a lot on that outclass rule, the outscored rule, where he was 20 points ahead.

“Beating Usyk by 20 points now is an unbelievable result, but at the time, it was certainly no surprise to anyone.

“Everyone probably expected it. He was doing it to everyone.”



Oleksandr Usyk with his gold medal at London 2012
But Usyk eventually moved up to heavyweight and won gold at the 2012 Olympics in London

Usyk was scheduled to meet Korobov again three months later, but when the bout never materialised the latter received a ‘walkover win’.

Instead, the dejected prospect moved up from 75kgs down to 91kgs where he found his true calling, as an amateur.

Joshua will be Usyk’s opponent on Saturday. There are three heavyweight titles at stake. Usyk will try to avoid a similar defeat.

Inside Oleksandr Usyk's only defeat when he was knocked down and stopped
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