After a year of frustrating stasis, the world heavyweight championship awakes from its slumber tonight when Oleksandr Usyk defends his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Britain’s Daniel Dubois.
In contrast to the high-class thrills served up by genuine superstars such as Gervonta Davis, Naoya Inoue and Terence Crawford lower down the weight classes, boxing’s big men have remained on the sidelines when it comes to major events in 2023.
Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) is fighting the WBA ‘regular’ champion Dubois (19-1, 18 KOs) as a mandatory obligation after a proposed undisputed showdown with WBC king Tyson Fury collapsed at the negotiating table.
Fury’s October money-spinner against MMA star Francis Ngannou means Usyk vs. Dubois is set to be the only legitimate heavyweight title fight of the calendar year and the champion will be keen to put on a show at the 45,000-seater Tarczynski Arena.
Usyk remains unable to box in his homeland due to the ongoing Russian invasion and there will be a strong Ukrainian contingent in Wroclaw, with fans also able to cheer on compatriots including Denys Berinchyk and Daniel Lapin on the undercard.
Denys Berinchyk def. Anthony Yigit by UD 12 to retain the WBO international lightweight title
A rematch 11 years in the making after Berinchyk won a thriller in the last 16 of the London 2012 Olympics. That fight was in the light welterweight division and, down at 135lbs and in their 30s, the pair belatedly reconvened. Yigit (27-4-1, 10 KOs) boxed busily and on the backfoot from the southpaw stace, his pot-shotting making things fairly close at midway.
However, Berinchyk put his foot down during the second half of the fight, finishing rounds strongly as Yigit flagged under educated attacks to head and body. After a more cerebral affair than their famous amateur showdown, the pair rolled back the years in the 12th, indulging in three minutes of furious and exhausted trading. Yigit then showboated with some press-ups in the ring after the final bell. Berinchyk got the decision by margins of 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113. At 35 the clock is ticking on his world-title ambitions, although he is well placed to pick up some of the scraps if undisputed champion Devin Haney moves up and vacates.
Denys Berinchyk showed OUT during his ringwalk 🪓
Berinchyk walked out in a Vikings outfit 🔥
— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) August 26, 2023
Hamzah Sheeraz def. Dmytro Mytrofanov TKO 2/12 to retain the WBC silver middleweight title
Sheeraz is widely viewed as one of the brightest prospects in British boxing and the 24-year-old’s stock took another sharp rise as he demolished Mytrofanov in a shade over three-and-a-half minutes, scoring four knockdowns in the process. The 24-year-old made his advantages in size and power count from the opening bell as he moved to 18-0, inflicting a first career defeat upon a befuddled Mytrofanov (13-1-1, 6 KOs), whose torment began when he was walked onto a crisp left hand.
The lead hand was the foundation for Sheeraz to put on a little masterclass, with a stiff jab decking his Ukrainian foe for a second time and Mytrofanov touched down for a third time inside the final minute of a torrid session. He made it wearily to his stool but the ordeal would not last much longer and Sheeraz set up a thudding right hand down the pipe for a 14th career KO. Promoter Frank Warren was full of honeyed words afterwards, labelling his man “the British Tommy Hearns”. If domestic rival and former world title challenger Denzel Bentley is up next he should provide a more thorough examination of Sheeraz’s clearly exceptional gifts.
Hamzah Sheeraz vs Denzel Bentley next? 👀
— Boxing on TNT Sports (@boxingontnt) August 26, 2023
Aadam Hamed def. Vojtech Hrdy TKO 1/4
The son of the great ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed, Aadam Hamed stepped in to make his professional debut in a four-rounder immediately before the main event. Not just a professional debut but a debut full-stop for the 23-year-old super lightweight, who did not have an amateur career. Hamed showed some of the old family slickness as he dismantled a display of weary pacifism from Hrdy, whose corner had seen enough as their man absorbed a sustained onslaught.
Aadam Hamed got it done and his dad was loving it!
— Boxing on TNT Sports (@boxingontnt) August 26, 2023
Oleksandr Usyk vs Daniel Dubois fight card results
- Oleksandr Usyk (c) vs. Daniel Dubois for the IBF, WBA, WBO, and The Ring heavyweight titles.
- Denys Berinchyk (c) def. Anthony Yigit via UD 12 to retain the WBO international lightweight title.
- Hamzah Sheeraz (c) def. Dmytro Mytrofanov via TKO 2/12 to retain WBC silver middleweight title.
- Daniel Lapin def. Aro Schwarz via TKO 6/10 to win the vacant IBO continental light heavyweight title.
- Aadam Hamed (debut) def. Vojtech Hrdy via TKO 1/4; super lightweights.
When is Oleksandr Usyk vs. Daniel Dubois?
Usyk vs. Dubois will be on August 26. The main card starts at 2 p.m. ET | 11 a.m. PT | 7 p.m. BST | 4 a.m. AEST. The main event should begin around 5:15 p.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
|Region||Date||Main Card Start Time||Main Event Ring Walks (approx.)|
|USA and Canada (ET)||Saturday, August 26||2 p.m. ET||5:15 p.m. ET|
|USA and Canada (PT)||Saturday, August 26||11 a.m. PT||2:15 p.m. PT|
|UK and Ireland||Saturday, August 26||7 p.m. BST||10:15 p.m. BST|
|Australia||Sunday, August 27||4 a.m. AEST||7:15 a.m. AEST|
MORE: Boxing Schedule 2023
How to watch Oleksandr Usyk vs. Daniel Dubois
|Region||TV channel||Live streaming|
|UK and Ireland||TNT Sports Box Office||TNT Sports Box Office|
|Australia||—||Main Event on Kayo|
In the U.K., the fight will air on TNT Sports Box Office. In the U.S., the fight will be shown on ESPN+.
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Daniel Dubois price: How much does the card cost?
You can pay $9.99 for a monthly subscription to ESPN+ or buy an annual subscription for $99.99.
|ESPN+ Monthly Subscription||$9.99/month|
|ESPN+ Annual Subscription||$99.99/year|
|The Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported||$13.99/month|
|The Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads||$19.99/month|
In the UK, TNT Sports has set the pay-per-view price at £19.95.