Usyk dropped Dubois in the eighth round in Poland and did the same in Round 9 to secure a TKO, but only after climbing off the canvas himself.
The unbeaten southpaw hit the mat in Round 5 after an attempted body shot from Dubois, which was ruled a low blow. The moment proved controversial, with many viewers believing that Dubois’s punch was a legal one.
Dubois and his team plan to appeal the result and lobby for a No Contest, and Fury has appeared to join in with the criticism of Usyk, sharing a photo of himself in oversized fight shorts on Instagram – with the top of the shorts hoisted up to his chest.
“Kit leak,” wrote the WBC heavyweight champion, who has been linked to a clash with Usyk for 12 months.
Usyk, 36, retained the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles against Dubois, after a planned fight with Fury fell through earlier this year. Fury, 35, will now box ex-UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in October, but the Briton’s WBC title will not be on the line in Saudi Arabia.
Fury last fought in December, retaining his title with a TKO of Derek Chisora, whom he had already beaten twice before.
Meanwhile, Usyk took the unified belts from Anthony Joshua with a decision win in 2021, before repeating the trick to retain the gold in August 2022.
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