OLEKSANDR USYK was left SHAKING after Daniel Dubois hit him with a controversial shot in the fifth round of their world heavyweight fight.
The Ukrainian, 36, comfortably won the opening four rounds as he outclassed the British challenger, 25, before going on to secure a ninth-round stoppage.
The champion collapsed to the canvas and could not get up for FOUR MINUTES – with the referee giving him the required time to recover rather than counting him out.
And the contentious shot left Usyk shaking on the floor as he struggled to get back to his feet.
Eventually, the referee told Usyk he had one minute left before the fight needed to restart.
When it did, Dubois attempted to jump on the Ukrainian as he sensed weakness in the former undisputed cruiserweight king.
But after a brief period of pressure from the challenger, Usyk turned the tide and was back on the front foot.
And the champion finished the round off as the aggressor with some superb left hands.
He eventually went on to finish the fight in the ninth round, hitting Dubois with a straight right hand as the Brit was counted out on one knee.
But the controversial fifth-round blow was the main talking point.
Reacting to the punch, one person said: “Nasty low blow…”
And another added: “Low blow from Dubois in my opinion. Referee obviously thought so too otherwise he’d have counted.”
But others disagreed, with former world champion Carl Frampton saying: “This was never a low blow and Usyk should have been counted out.
“Daniel Dubois should be world champion now.”
While a social media user backed that view up, adding: “Uysk just got put down by a body shot and they classed it as a low blow!!!”