Panama City, Panama (October 12, 2023) - The World Boxing Association (WBA) has decided to uphold the result of the heavyweight title fight between Oleksandr Usyk and Daniel Dubois that took place on August 26, 2023. This means that Daniel Dubois' appeal to have the result overturned or seek a rematch has been denied.
The appeal was centered around an incident in the fifth round where Dubois landed a blow on Usyk that was deemed low and resulted in a knockdown. Dubois and his team argued that the punch was not low and should be considered legal.
After reviewing the appeal and the arguments presented by both parties, the WBA's International Officials Committee found no clear and conclusive evidence that the original decision regarding the low blow was incorrect. They also concluded that no video evidence supported the claim that the decision was wrong.
The WBA's rules dictate that decisions regarding low blows and a boxer's ability to continue are the sole authority of the referee. In this case, the referee's decision to rule it a low blow and allow Usyk time to recover was considered valid.
As a result, the WBA has determined that the appeal does not proceed, and the victory and defense of the heavyweight champion title by Oleksandr Usyk stand. Daniel Dubois will not be granted a rematch, and the original fight result remains unchanged.