Tyson Fury told he's destroyed his legacy ahead of blockbuster Oleksandr Usyk announcement

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Boxing news: Tyson Fury has been widely criticised as huge Oleksandr Usyk fight announcement looms

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 16/11/2023

- 12:09

The boxing match between the two men will be confirmed on Thursday

Former boxing star Hasim Rahman thinks Tyson Fury has destroyed his legacy following his recent victory over Francis Ngannou.

The Gypsy King is in the spotlight at present, with his upcoming bout with Oleksandr Usyk set to be confirmed on Thursday.

Some feel, however, that Fury will struggle to pose the Ukrainian a threat.

The Gypsy King was underwhelming during his recent victory over Ngannou, only winning via split decision.

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Boxing news: Hasim Rahman has claimed Tyson Fury destroyed his legacy in Francis Ngannou fight


Fury was knocked down in round three, too, and looked a shadow of the man who has powered his way past opponents such as Deontay Wilder and Wladimir Klitschko.

Rahman has now spoken to FightHype about Fury and how he performed that day.

And the 51-year-old hasn't held back, expressing a belief the Briton destroyed his legacy by agreeing to fight.

“I feel like it was a bad look and I think that Tyson took himself out of the greatest heavyweights of all time conversation," he said.

"You cannot let a novice come into boxing with zero fights, put you on the ground and have an argument about who won the fight.

“Tyson did a disservice to the belt, to the heavyweights.

"And I like him, he was arguably one of the best to ever do it.

"But he took a big hit with Ngannou. It was a sad day for boxing."

He added: "I mean, if he only got dropped but he won every other round, it might not be so bad. "But he was actually losing rounds to a novice fighter.”

While Fury was poor during the showdown, Ngannou shocked many with his ability in the ring.

The former UFC star was making his boxing debut and left an immediate mark on the sport.

And Rahman wants to see the 37-year-old compete again, namedropping Wilder as a potential opponent.

“I would love to see that fight,” Rahman said when asked about the possibility of Wilder-Ngannou.

“I think that’s the fight that boxing needs. [But] It’s not really gonna do too much for Deontay, if he goes in and smokes him.”

Fury is now set to focus on his upcoming bout with Usyk.

The duo had been due to face each other on December 23 prior to the Ngannou match.

However, with Fury needing more time in order to recover, that's led to a delay in proceedings.

On Thursday, however, the duo will sit down and announce a new date for their heavyweight showdown.

And Usyk has insisted he 'loves' his opponent despite expecting mind games.


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Boxing news: Tyson Fury was poor during his recent win over Francis Ngannou


"Maybe Tyson Fury wants to insult me in such a way, by saying different inappropriate things about me.

"But look, for a guy who was raised in a village with Usyk [meaning little moustache] as a last name and with a gap between my front teeth, I heard so many insults about myself that at some point I started flipping them over and making them my achievements."

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Boxing news: Tyson Fury will have a big point to prove in Oleksandr Usyk fight


He added: "I love this incredible person.

"As a human being I feel no hostility towards him. I simply love people including Tyson Fury."

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