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Oleksandr Usyk Vacates IBF Belt

Oleksandr Usyk's decision to vacate his IBF title sets the stage for an exciting heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Daniel Dubois at Wembley this September.


Oxnard, CA, USA (June 25, 20240 - Oleksandr Usyk has vacated his IBF heavyweight belt, paving the way for a highly anticipated showdown between Anthony Joshua and Daniel Dubois. This decision, announced by Usyk on social media, marks a significant shift in the division, opening the door for another interesting chapter in boxing history.

Usyk will still be viewed as the actual heavyweight champion despite the IBF being vacated.

Usyk's Legacy and Decision

Oleksandr Usyk, the undefeated Ukrainian powerhouse, captured the IBF belt from Anthony Joshua in a dominant performance in September 2021. Usyk's technical prowess and ring intelligence have kept him at the pinnacle of the sport. He successfully retained his title and became undisputed heavyweight champion in a decision victory over Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia last month. However, Usyk's decision to vacate the IBF title stems from the long-standing mandatory challenge of Filip Hrgovic, who had been waiting for his title shot for nearly two years, even though most neutral observers felt the Croatian hadn't proven himself ready title-shot ready. Dubois' recent win over Hrgovic gave him the interim IBF strap.

In a heartfelt video message on social media, Usyk addressed Joshua and Dubois directly, stating, "Anthony and Daniel, listen, I know the IBF title is important to you. It's my present to you on September 21." The message almost mocked the value of the IBF title, as Usyk place as undisputed ruler over the division remains unchanged.

Joshua's Road to Redemption

Anthony Joshua, the former unified heavyweight champion, has been on a mission to reclaim his place atop the division. Following his back-to-back losses to Usyk, Joshua has strung together a series of victories, including a fifth round stoppage of Otto Wallin and knocking out an MMA fighter. This public-perception resurgence has positioned Joshua back into world title conversation, and the expected bout against Dubois offers him a golden opportunity to regain the IBF belt and a path to undisputed.

Dubois' Path to Glory

Daniel Dubois, known for his devastating punching power, earned his second shot at heavyweight glory by stunning the boxing world with a stoppage victory over the previously undefeated Filip Hrgovic. Dubois, who suffered a setback in his first world title fight against Usyk last August, showed tremendous resilience and determination in his win against Hrgovic. The 25-year-old British heavyweight is now poised to challenge Joshua in what promises to be an explosive encounter at Wembley.

Reflecting on his journey, Dubois said, "It's a dream. Especially after having to come back from defeats and challenging for a world title. I now have a chance to win the damn thing outright, and that's what I want. I will demolish AJ, from here I can only get even better."

The Road Ahead

The stage is set for a mega clash between Anthony Joshua and Daniel Dubois at Wembley on September 21. This domestic showdown is expected to capture the imagination of boxing fans worldwide, as two of Britain's finest heavyweights go head-to-head for the vacant IBF title. With both fighters determined to prove themselves and reclaim glory, this bout has all the makings of an unforgettable night in boxing.

As the heavyweight division continues to evolve, Usyk's decision to vacate the IBF title not only underscores his confidence and sportsmanship but also injects fresh excitement into the sport. The upcoming Joshua vs. Dubois fight is poised to be a defining moment, further solidifying the legacy of whoever emerges victorious.

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