Alexander Usyk defeats Anthony Joshua in dramatic rematch to retain heavyweight title

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Alexander Usyk broke through in a rematch against Anthony Joshua

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and retained his heavyweight titles via split decision in Jeddah on Saturday.

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The 35-year-old Ukrainian was unbeaten during the 12-round

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contest, keeping his nerve of steel to dominate Joshua with a flurry

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of hard shots. Joshua appeared to break Usyk's momentum in the

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ninth round and unleashed a flurry of punches on his opponent before succumbing.

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He was scored 115-113 and 116-112 by two adjudicators to hold his

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WBA (super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.

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Meanwhile, Ramla Ali won her contest against Cristal Garcia Nova

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of the Dominican Republic in Saudi Arabia's first ever women's boxing match.

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Ali, 32, won by knockout in the primary round, further developing her profession record to 7-0.