Belts on The Line
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Who won Usyk vs Briedis?
Oleksandr Usyk beat Mairis Briedis by majority decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 27th January 2018 at Arena Riga in Riga.
The scorecards were announced as 113-115, 114-114, 113-115 in favor of winner Oleksandr Usyk.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which meant the weight limit was 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
This was a semi final of the World Boxing Super Series.
This contest was for the unified cruiserweight championship of the world, with the WBC & WBO belts on the line.
Usyk vs Briedis stats
Mairis Briedis stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 23 wins, zero loses and 0 draws.
Oleksandr Usyk made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 13 wins and 0 draws.
The stats suggested that Briedis and Usyk have similar power, both with a 0% knock out percentage.
Mairis Briedis was the older man by 2 years, at 37 years old.
Usyk had a height advantage of 2 inches over Briedis. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Mairis Briedis fought out of the orthodox stance, while Oleksandr Usyk was a southpaw.
Briedis was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 10 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 4 years earlier than Usyk, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 1 less professional rounds, 167 to Usyk's 168.
Usyk vs Briedis form
Briedis had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Mike Perez on 30th September 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia.
Previous to that, he had won against Marco Huck on 1st April 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany.
Going into that contest, he had beat Simon Vallily on 15th October 2016 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Before that, he had defeated Olanrewaju Durodola on 14th May 2016 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia.
He had won against Danie Venter on 21st February 2016 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Arena Riga, Riga.
Usyk remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Derek Chisora on 31st October 2020 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Chazz Witherspoon on 12th October 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Wintrust Arena, Illinois, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat Tony Bellew on 10th November 2018 by knockout in the 8th round in their WBA Super World Cruiserweight, WBC World Cruiserweight, IBF World Cruiserweight and WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Before that, he had won against Murat Gassiev on 21st July 2018 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Cruiserweight, WBA Super World Cruiserweight, WBC World Cruiserweight and WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Olimpiyskiy, Moscow, Russia.
He had beat Mairis Briedis on 27th January 2018 by majority decision in their WBC World Cruiserweight and WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Oleksandr Usyk had been fighting more than Mairis Briedis.
Going to this contest, Mairis Briedis had last fought 5 years, 2 months and 2 days ago, while Oleksandr Usyk's last outing had been 2 years, 1 month and 1 day ago.
Briedis' last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 9 months and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 4 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 38 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.6 rounds on average.
Usyk's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 10 months and 5 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 51 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.2 rounds on average.
What time did Usyk vs Briedis start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM UTC at Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia, which was 5:00 PM EST or 2:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America, or 10:00 PM GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Usyk vs Briedis?
Usyk vs Briedis was broadcast on ITV Box Office Free-to-Air in the UK.
What were the odds on Usyk vs Briedis?
Mairis Briedis was a 4/1 (+400) underdog going into the contest, while Oleksandr Usyk made his way into the ring at 17/100 (-590) with oddsmakers.