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Oleksandr Usyk vs Thabiso Mchunu report
Who won Usyk vs Mchunu?
Oleksandr Usyk beat Thabiso Mchunu by knockout in the 9th round on Saturday 17th December 2016 at Forum in Inglewood.
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 contest was for the WBO cruiserweight championship of the world.
Usyk vs Mchunu stats
Oleksandr Usyk stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 10 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Thabiso Mchunu made his way to the ring with a record of 17 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 11 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Usyk had a large advantage in power over Mchunu, boosting at 90% knock out percentage over Mchunu's 65%.
Oleksandr Usyk was the older man by 1 year, at 36 years old.
Usyk had a height advantage of 4 inches over Mchunu. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Both Oleksandr Usyk & Thabiso Mchunu fought out of a southpaw stance.
Usyk was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 9 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 6 year and 3 months later than Mchunu, whose first professional fight was in 2007. He had fought 41 less professional rounds, 168 to Mchunu's 209.
Usyk vs Mchunu form
Usyk remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Krzysztof Glowacki on 17th September 2016 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland.
Previous to that, he had defeated Pedro Rodriguez on 12th December 2015 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Sport Palace, Kiev, Ukraine.
Going into that contest, he had beat Johnny Muller on 29th August 2015 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Sport Palace, Kiev.
Before that, he had won against Andrey Knyazev on 18th April 2015 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Sport Palace, Kiev.
He had beat Danie Venter on 13th December 2014 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Sport Palace, Kiev.
Mchunu had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Boniface Kabore on 20th May 2016 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Ilunga Makabu on 16th May 2015 by knockout in the 11th round at International Convention Centre, Durban.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Garrett Wilson on 20th September 2014 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, United States.
Before that, he had won against Olanrewaju Durodola on 24th January 2014 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Resorts International, Atlantic City.
He had defeated Eddie Chambers on 3rd August 2013 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Oleksandr Usyk had been fighting more than Thabiso Mchunu.
Going to this contest, Oleksandr Usyk had last fought 6 years, 8 months and 20 days ago, while Thabiso Mchunu's last outing had been 7 years and 17 days ago.
Usyk's last 5 fights had come over a period of 8 years, 5 months and 24 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 8 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 39 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.8 rounds on average.
Mchunu's last 5 fights had come over a period of 9 years, 10 months and 3 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 11 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 43 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.6 rounds on average.
What time did Usyk vs Mchunu start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at Forum, Inglewood, United States, which was around 4:00 AM GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Usyk vs Mchunu?
The fight was broadcast in the United Kingdom by BoxNation.
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