Oleksandr Usyk retained the WBO cruiserweight title with a pretty one-sided win tonight over Michael Hunter, in a meeting of former Olympians, staying undefeated with an unanimous decision win.
All three judges scored the fight 117-110 for Usyk. BLH also scored the fight 117-110 on two cards.
Hunter (12-1, 8 KO) perhaps outperformed expectations in some respects, as Usyk (12-0, 10 KO) is considered by many to be the best cruiserweight in the sport today, and even a strong heavyweight prospect if and when he moves up someday. Hunter was able to frustrate Usyk a bit early in the fight with a herky-jerky rhythm and some odd punching angles, but once Usyk found his own rhythm, the fight became more and more his pace and style.
Usyk’s body attack opened up a lot of offense for him on the night, and he scored a 12th round standing eight count of Hunter, in a round that referee Bill Clancy easily could have stopped, as Hunter was reeling through much of the frame.
CompuBox: Usyk landed 321 of 905 (35%) of his total punches, and an astounding 239 of 453 (53%) of his power shots. Hunter landed 190 of 794 (24%) of his total punches, and 118 of 418 (28%) of his power shots.
Watch: Aleksandr Usyk's hard left in round 1. #LomachenkoSosa pic.twitter.com/hwCZzewjQc— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) April 9, 2017
Aleksandr Usyk and Michael Hunter throw a flurry of punches in round 3. #LomachenkoSosa pic.twitter.com/pFdzta1YsL— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) April 9, 2017
Watch: Usyk lands lands body shots on Hunter in Round 4. #LomachenkoSosa pic.twitter.com/Xm6GWjDjBE— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) April 9, 2017
Watch: Hunter grinding in Round 5 #LomachenkoSosa pic.twitter.com/Bqr7VumEZZ— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) April 9, 2017
Watch: Aleksandr Usyk throwing combo shots in round 8. #LomachenkoSosa pic.twitter.com/JQARDPxXBg— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) April 9, 2017