Tyson Fury makes Ukraine promise after suffering defeat to Oleksandr Usyk - 'I'd like to'

Tyson Fury makes Ukraine promise after suffering defeat to Oleksandr Usyk - 'I'd like to'

WATCH NOW: Preview to Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk fight

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 19/05/2024

- 08:56

Updated: 19/05/2024

- 09:11

The Gypsy King lost on Saturday night for the first time in his career

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Tyson Fury promised to visit Ukraine to see Oleksandr Usyk and his family after losing their fight in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night. Fury was beaten on points in the Middle East, with the Gypsy King suffering the first defeat of his boxing career as a result.

In the immediate aftermath of the bout, Fury and Usyk shared a moment with the pair embracing in the ring with the eyes of the world watching on.

And footage from TNT Sports picked up what the pair said to each other after going through 12 gruelling rounds.

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Tyson Fury promised Oleksandr Usyk he'd like to come to Ukraine after his defeat on Saturday night


Fury dubbed Usyk a 'very good boxer' and said 'I love it' while he waited for the result to come in.

Usyk responded by saying he was 'very proud' after shining on the biggest night of his career.

And Fury was also overheard telling Usyk that he'd like to go to Ukraine and have a 'holiday', despite the war currently going on in the country.

"I'd like to come to Ukraine with my family and have a holiday with your family," said the 35-year-old.

"And you can come to my house and have a holiday with me."

Usyk, ever a class act, then responded by saying: "No problem, my friend."

If Fury is to go to Ukraine he may need to issue an apology, however, having made a controversial statement following the bout.

The 35-year-old appeared to imply Usyk only won because the judges were sympathetic to the current war, saying: "I believe I won that fight, I believe he won a few of the rounds, but I won the majority of them.

"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."

Fury and Usyk are expected to meet for a second time later in the year.

And the Gypsy King made it clear he was eager to have another crack at Usyk, having seen his unbeaten record come to an end.

"Yeah, we'll have it again. Show me the money baby! Show Oleksandr the money!" he enthused.

Eddie Hearn, meanwhile, feels Usyk has now established himself as one of the best boxers of his generation.


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Tyson Fury embraced Oleksandr Usyk in the ring after his defeat in Saudi Arabia


"[Usyk] showed so much bottle to come back [...] I guess when you look back on that, you score it 115-113 to Usyk," he said.

"Some had it wider, I’m not sure anybody had it for Fury. I thought the right man won.

“They’re talking about Usyk retiring? I don’t think so. I think he’ll fancy his chances [in the rematch].

"I think Fury has to switch it up on the front foot. I thought Usyk looked a little bit tired at times. Usyk is also a genius.

“He’s so undersized, the disadvantage against a man of that size. To overcome that, you’re talking one of the best fighters of his generation.

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Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk played out a classic on Saturday night with the Ukrainian winning to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world


“[Joshua] thought Usyk won. He said, ‘Usyk won it easy.’ I had it quite close.

"Again, scoring is subjective. I thought Fury boxed fantastically well in the first six rounds. I thought he was well on his way to boxing to a stoppage or a decision, but Usyk is incredible.”

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