Oleksandr Usyk taken to hospital immediately after sensational victory over Tyson Fury

Oleksandr Usyk taken to hospital immediately after sensational victory over Tyson Fury

WATCH NOW: Oleksandr Usyk responds to Tyson Fury jab

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 19/05/2024

- 07:06

Updated: 19/05/2024

- 08:47

The Ukrainian is now undisputed heavyweight champion of the world

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Oleksandr Usyk was taken to hospital on Saturday night after his sensational victory over Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia, with the Ukrainian suffering a broken jaw during the bout.

Fans in the Middle East, as well as those watching at home, were treated to a classic in Riyadh with both men putting in brilliant performances.

Usyk secured a split decision victory to deal Fury the first loss of his professional career, having nearly knocked the Gypsy King down in round nine.

Yet while the 37-year-old came out on top, he was taken to hospital in the aftermath of the contest.

Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk was taken to hospital after beating Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night


Fury revealed the news while speaking after the fight, with the Briton saying: "We just had a fight. Have you seen my face?

"It's pretty busted up and he's just gone to the hospital with a broken jaw and he's busted too. We've punched the f*** out of each other for 12 rounds there.

"So we're going to go home, eat some food, drink a few beers, spend some family time, walk my dog, go to the tip and me and Frank [Warren] will talk about what will happen in the future."

With Usyk taken to hospital, he was initially unable to attend the post-match press conference at the Kingdom Arena.

He did, however, later turn up with bruising on his face clear for everybody to see.

Usyk was hurt with a body shot by Fury in round six but, at this stage, it's unclear which exact punch gave him his jaw injury.

Fury has said he will discuss a rematch with Frank Warren, with the 35-year-old feeling he did enough to win the fight.

The Gypsy King also seemed to suggest the war in Ukraine had influenced the decision of the judges, too.

"I believe I won that fight, I believe he won a few of the rounds, but I won the majority of them," he said.

"We both put on a good fight. His country is at war, so people are siding with the country at war.

"Make no mistake, I won that fight in my opinion. We've got a rematch clause.

"I've had a split decision loss to a good little man. We run it back in October. Well done Oleksandr."

Yet while Fury and Usyk both signed a two-fight deal, the former didn't guarantee he'd be back for a second crack at victory.

"I'll have a holiday, go home, put it to the wife and kids I'll see what I want to do," he said.

The last man to hold all the heavyweight titles was Lennox Lewis back in 1999.


Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk narrowly beat Tyson Fury via split decision in their fight on Saturday night


And Lewis was full of praise for Usyk on social media, with the 58-year-old labelling last night's showdown as 'cracking'.

"Welcome to the club! z@Usykaa," he said.

"Tonight we witnessed a crackin’ fight and history made.

"I was happy to welcome either one of these incredible champions to the Undisputed HW club and tonight it was Oleksandr The Great.

"Looking forward to seeing them do it again.

Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk was emotional after beating Tyson Fury to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world


"@usykaa has proved that it never too late to add to your legacy. Congrats!

"Fury will learn from this and he’ll be back! Losing is also part of the game, it’s how u respond to a loss that makes all the difference."

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