Tyson Fury reacts to the split decision victory of Oleksandr Usyk over Anthony Joshua.
The world was tuned in earlier today as Oleksandr Usyk (20-0) successfully defended his heavyweight title against Anthony Joshua (24-3) while also winning the Ring Magazine title. The post-fight meltdown was another story, as Joshua did not take the loss well. After the initial reaction and thinking things through, he returned to the ring and showered himself and Usyk with compliments for the fight that had just occurred.
Watching the fight closely on TV was WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (32-0-1), who recently announced that he was retiring from the sport. Although he vacated his Ring Magazine title, the WBC recently sent out a press release stating that Fury has until August 26 to decide if he will vacate or defend his title. The reason is that Fury has “retired” a few times only to announce his next fight shortly after. So after the fight, Fury went on social media and posted this video with his colorful comments of what he saw tonight.
Oleksandr Usyk scored a split decision victory over Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia.
After the fight, Usyk was asked about the Fury fight in which he said, “I’m sure that Tyson Fury is not retired. I’m convinced he wants to fight me. I wanna fight him. If I’m not fighting Tyson Fury, I’m not fighting at all.” It’s pretty clear that Usyk wants the fight so that he can have an opportunity to become the undisputed heavyweight champion after accomplishing that in the cruiserweight division.
When would a potential mega-fight between Uysk and Fury take place? A fight of that magnitude would need some time to build, and a venue like Wembley stadium to stage such a fight. Usually, the spring is when they like to host those events in the U.K, so sometime between March and April of next year. If Fury doesn’t take the fight and stays retired, does Usyk then retire as well? All eyes will be on Fury this week as he makes his decision.