British heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury alleges bias in split-decision defeat to Usyk, demands immediate rematch

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Tyson Fury

19th May 2024 – 9H

Tyson Fury, the British heavyweight boxer, expressed his belief that sympathy for Ukraine influenced the judges’ decision to award a split-decision victory to Oleksandr Usyk in their highly anticipated title fight on Sunday. Fury, who called for an immediate rematch, claimed that while Usyk won a few rounds, he himself had won the majority.

During the fight, Fury seemed to be in control until he suffered a standing eight count in the ninth round, which ultimately proved detrimental to his chances of victory. The judges’ ruling made Usyk the first undisputed heavyweight champion in nearly a quarter of a century.

In a post-fight interview in the ring, Fury voiced his frustration, saying, “I believe I won that fight. I believe he won a few of the rounds, but I won the majority of them… His country’s at war, and people are siding with the country at war, but make no mistake, I won that fight.”

Fury, who had been previously undefeated, confirmed the existence of a rematch clause in his contract, ensuring another bout with Usyk. Promoter Frank Warren echoed this sentiment, stating that the rematch is a certainty as per the contract.

Both fighters displayed impressive performances throughout the 12-round battle, leaving boxing fans eager to witness a rematch, especially after Usyk managed to shift the momentum in his favor.

Fury affirmed, “We’ll go back to our families, and I’ll see him again in October. We’ll go back, rest up. I believe I won the fight, but I’m not going to sit and cry and make excuses. We’ll run it again in October.”

When asked about facing Fury once more, Usyk, while not directly addressing Fury’s claim, confidently responded, “Yes, of course.”