Oleksandr Usyk vs Daniel Dubois live fight updates, results, highlights from 2023 heavyweight boxing card

Oleksandr Usyk will put his IBF, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles on the line against big-punching Briton Daniel Dubois in Wroclaw on Saturday.

Dubois has been granted his shot as a mandatory challenger after winning the WBA’s ‘regular’ heavyweight title, with negotiations for an undisputed showdown between Usyk and WBC champion Tyson Fury failing to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

The 25-year-old Dubois is a huge betting underdog but will bank on his knockout power to try to spring a heavyweight upset for the ages against the imperious Usyk.

A strong and voluble Ukrainian presence is expected at the 45,000-seater Tarczynski Arena, with Denys Berinchyk and Daniel Lapin, although undefeated British middleweight prospect Hamzah Sheeraz briefly silenced the masses with a dominant second-round stoppage of Dmytro Mytrofanov.

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Oleksandr Usyk vs Daniel Dubois live results, updates, highlights

5:15 p.m. ET/ 10:15 p.m. BST: If this wasn’t already complicated enough for Dubois, rain is now in the air in Wroclaw. So there’s been some, ahem, wardrobe adjustments (see below). Dubois won his previous fight against Kevin Lerena with his knee ligaments in bits after three trips to the canvas. He’d probably rather not be slipping all over the place.

Aadam Hamed beats Vojtech Hrdy by first-round TKO

5:05 p.m. ET/ 10:05 p.m. BST: Well, Hamed now knows what it feels like to step into a professional ring. In truth, it won’t ever be much easier than that. The super lightweight debutant had a look, showed a few slick moves and then found his range with some heavy straight shows. The overmatched Hrdy (1-3) didn’t really want to know from that point and retreated to his corner, where a refusal to throw back under a sustained Hamed assault persuaded his corner to throw in the towel.

4:57 p.m. ET/ 9:57 p.m. BST: But before the main event we have a four-rounder of some note. Also a contest to make British boxing fans of a certain vintage feel very old indeed. Aadam Hamed is the the son of former featherweight champion, the great ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed. The 23-year-old is swaggering out in front of a packed 45,000 arena for his professional debut. In fact, it’s his debut full-stop. Hamed Jr. never boxed as an amateur. His father is looking on, proud as punch, from ringside.

4:44 p.m. ET/ 9:44 p.m. BST: Daniel Dubois is getting gloved up, resplendent in purple and black, he’s ready to go.

Denys Berinchyk beats Anthony Yigit by unanimous decision to retain the WBO international lightweight title

4:42 p.m. ET/ 9:42 p.m. BST: Berinchyk gets the nod by margins of 117-111, 115-113, 116-112, moving to 18-0. At his age the clock is ticking but there might be opportunities aplenty soon enough in the 135lbs division if undisputed champion Devin Haney moves up to super lightweight and stays there, splintering the belts. As his international strap suggests, Berinchyk is highly ranked by the WBO but he’s in the mix with all of the four major sanctioning bodies

4:36 p.m. ET/ 9:36 p.m. BST: Furious trading from both men in round 12! This has been a far more cerebral affair than their London 2012 barnburner but we’re going back to that place, despite both fighters appearing to be shattered. Yigit is more obviously exhausted and, as was the case in rounds 10 and 11, a promising start from the Swede begins to wilt in the face of Berinchyk’s superior accuracy. However the Ukrainian favourite now wobbles. Thirty seconds to go and each is operating with the fuel gauge in the red. A right wobbles the bloodied Yigit and they both raise their fists at the bell. Berinchyk surely has this though. Yigit is doing some press-ups. Normal behaviour.

4:25 p.m. ET/ 9:25 p.m. BST: The contest is only tracking in one direction now. Yigit’s plan to be slick and slippery maybe didn’t take full account of a sweltering evening in southwest Poland. He looks exhausted and the pace slowing means Berinchyk has more chance to plant his feet and dig in those punishing body shots. The marking on Yigit’s face shows the undefeated Ukrainian is also scoring pretty well upstairs too. Berinchyk appears to have a handy lead through nine.

4:14 p.m. ET/ 9:14 p.m. BST: Yigit being four years Berinchyk’s junior probably counted against him back in London but, with both men in their 30s, will it work in his favour here? His feet certainly seem a beat quicker and his post-shotting style is having some success. Berinchyk responds well with some good work to the body in the fifth and a head clash towards the end of that round leaves Yigit with a nasty cut around his left eye. Berinchyk continues the body attack in round six and this is a good period for him,

It remains a tight fight, but if Yigit thinks boxing cutely on the backfoot will get him a decision in front of a staunchly Ukrainian crowd in Poland when there are two Polish judges then he’s a far more optimistic and less cynical man than me.

4:02 p.m. ET/ 9:02 p.m. BST: Three rounds down and it’s the three rounds these men shared 11 years ago that are a big reason for us being here. Berinchyk prevailed 24-23 when he and Yigit met in the last 16 of the London 2012 light welterweight competition. Both men can switch-hit and Yigit has operated busily out of the southpaw stance so far to decent effect. Round three was Berinchyk’s best though, with a meaty left getting home and there is blood from the Swede’s nose.

3:50 p.m. ET/ 8:50 p.m. BST: We’re underway. Berinchyk made his customarily low-key entrance to the ring…

3:40 p.m. ET/ 8:40 p.m. BST: Yaroslav Khartsyz and Konrad Czajkowski have just put on an entertaining four-round knockabout and next up we’ve got Ukraine’s Denys Berinchyk. The 35-year-old was a London 2012 teammate of Usyk and Vasily Lomachenko and is on the world title hunt himself in the lightweight division. He’s 17-0 and faces his old amateur rival Anthony Yigit of Sweden. The WBO’s international strap is on the line too, if you’re inclined to care about that sort of thing.

3:02 p.m. ET/ 8:02 p.m. BST: The champ is here. Oleksandr Usyk walking into the arena looking all business. I doubt he’ll be viewing a big-punching Briton splattering a Ukrainian fighter inside two rounds as any sort of omen. 

Hamzah Sheeraz beats Dmytro Mytrofanov by second-round TKO

3:02 p.m. ET/ 8:02 p.m. BST: Mytrofanov managed to stagger to his stool but the end was nigh. Sheeraz remained composed and switched on and ended the misery of a previously undefeated opponent 35 seconds into the second, setting him up for a shuddering right straight down the pipe. That was knockdown number four and the referee had seen quite enough. The definition of a statement performance.

2:59 p.m. ET/ 7:59 p.m. BST: This was billed as the toughest test of Sheeraz’s young career and he made a mockery of that in the first round sensationally decking Mytrofanov three times. The 24-year-old immediately established his long, authoritative jab and the lead hand did most of the damage. He walked Mytrofanov onto a crisp left hand for the first knockdown and a still jab sent the Ukrainian tumbling again. An onslaught inside the final minute saw Mytrofanov touch down again and he somehow made it out of an utterly torrid session.

2:45 p.m. ET/ 7:45 p.m. BST: We’ve had a cluster of preliminary bouts, including a very entertaining middleweight encounter between Fiodor Czerkaszyn and Anauel Ngamissengue. We’re now into the business of the main card, with one of Britain’s brightest prospects Hamzah Sheeraz taking on one of the Ukrainian contingent on the card. Dmytro Mytrofanov is making his ringwalk and Sheeraz’s WBC silver middleweight bel will be on the line.

2:20 p.m. ET/ 7:20 p.m. BST: The name Buster Douglas has been doing the rounds during the build-up, which does not exactly suggest we have an evenly matched main event on our hands. The suggestion being that if Dubois were to rip the titles from Usyk, it would be an upset to stand alongside Douglas’ astonishing dethroning of Mike Tyson in Toyko 33-and-a-half years ago.

If Dubois has the night of his life, we would not quite be in Tyson-Douglas territory. But we wouldn’t be far off. Remember when Andy Ruiz Jr ruined Anthony Joshua’s US debut in June 2019? A win for the challenger here would be a significantly bigger shock than that one.

2 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. BST: Hello and welcome to the Sporting News’ live coverage of the unified heavyweight title fight between Oleksandr Usyk and Daniel Dubois. Usyk is putting his IBF, WBA and WBO belts on the line against British knockout artist Dubois.

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
Canada TSN+
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+.

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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.

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In the UK, TNT Sports has set the pay-per-view price at £19.95.

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.

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