Fury Could Retire After The Usyk Loss – ‘He Has Taken Some Serious Blows’

May 20, 2024
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Fury Could Retire After The Usyk Loss - 'He Has Taken Some Serious Blows'

Tyson Fury’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk has raised question marks over whether he should retire. 

The Gypsy King suffered a split decision loss, having the first defeat of his career. The win made Usyk the first Undisputed Heavyweight Champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999. Fury was almost stopped in the ninth round, only to be held up by the ropes as the referee gave a standing eight count. The referee, however, was criticized for the slow count. Derek Chisora is on record saying it was the slowest count in boxing history.

Fury has the option of a rematch, but there is no guarantee it will go ahead. Usyk has nothing else to prove. He has an extensive amateur record with titles, an Olympic Gold Medal and has now become undisputed in two weight classes. Meanwhile, Fury has secured a massive payday. He now faces a question over motivation since he is not the best heavyweight of his era.

Fury’s reaction to the result suggests a man who could not accept defeat. He felt he had won the fight despite the overwhelming consensus that Usyk had won. The Gypsy King then bizarrely claimed that Usyk was given the decision due to the current war in Ukraine. 

Fury’s Mindset

“First of all, I want to thank my lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for this fantastic fight with Oleksandr. I believe I won that fight. I believe he won a few of the rounds, but I won the majority of them. And I believe it was… what can you do, one of those fixed decisions in boxing. We both put on a good fight, the best we could do. And you know his country (Ukraine) is at war, so people are siding with the country at war. But make no mistake, I won that fight in my opinion. I will be back. I have a rematch clause,” Fury said

Usyk was also the first man to have beaten Fury at his mind games. He beat the Gypsy King in the build-up and the ring. He warned Fury, ‘Don’t worry, I won’t leave you alone,’ showing his intention to press the fight. Fury also showed that he could not keep up with the pace. Despite having some successful middle rounds, once Usyk made the adjustments, Fury could not live with the Ukrainian. This was by a fighter whom he mocked as a ‘middleweight.’ Losing to Usyk again may prevent the demand for a Joshua fight. The Gypsy King has lost that aura of invincibility. His post-fight comments suggest he may not take the rematch. 

Fury’s Future

“I’ve just had a fight; I’ve just come out. I don’t want to think about having a boxing fight. I’ve been in camp seven months, don’t forget. Cut; back in camp; back in camp. It was what it was. I’m here to get paid…go home. That’s exactly what I’ll do, and then we’ll regroup and we’ll talk about it. If there’s gonna be another fight soon – October or whenever it is – we’ll rock and roll Sally. 

“I’ll have a holiday, regroup, speak to the wife [Paris] and [seven] kids, and see what I wanna do. I ain’t boxing because I got no money. I’m boxing because I love it. I’m 36 in a few months, and I’ve been boxing since I’ve been a child. Where does it all end?” Fury added


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