Tyson Fury Blames War for Usyk Loss: “I Won That Fight”

"I think I won that fight."

Tyson Fury Suffers First Career Loss

Last night, boxing champion Tyson Fury faced Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. Fury experienced his first loss in his boxing career, now holding a record of 34-1-1. Usyk remains undefeated with a perfect record of 22-0.

The 37-year-old Ukrainian has previously defeated the top-ranked heavyweight Anthony Joshua on two occasions. It remains unclear if Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury will have an immediate rematch.

Fury’s Reaction to the Defeat

Shortly after the announcer Michael Buffer read the decision, Fury was interviewed in the ring. The Englishman expressed that he believed he won the fight. Fury also suggested that the war in Usyk’s homeland influenced the judges.

“I think I won that fight. I won the majority of the rounds. These decisions happen too often in boxing. We both put on a great show and did our best. His country is at war, and I think people are biased because of the war. I won that fight.”

“I will come back; I have a rematch clause. Thanks to Jesus for all the victories He has given me. I lost via a split decision to a good little man. We’ll go home to our families, and then we’ll go again in October. Good luck, Oleksandr, well done, God bless you.”

Co-Main Event Results

In the co-main event, cruiserweight champion Jai Opetaia defeated top-ranked boxer Mairis Briedis via unanimous decision. See the full results from the event below!


Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk – Results

Main Card

Main event expected to start around 11:00 PM Saturday, May 18 – Broadcasted via DAZN (PPV)

  • Heavyweight Title Match (WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO): Oleksandr Usyk defeated Tyson Fury via split decision (115-112, 113-114, 114-113)
  • Vacant Cruiserweight Title Match (IBF): Jai Opetaia defeated Mairis Briedis via unanimous decision (117-111, 116-112, 116-112)
  • Super Featherweight Title Match (IBF, IBO): Anthony Cacace defeated Joe Cordina (c) via KO – Round 8, 0:39
  • Heavyweight: Agit Kabayel defeated Frank Sanchez via KO – Round 7, 2:33
  • Heavyweight: Moses Itauma defeated Ilja Mezencev via TKO – Round 2, 0:50
  • Lightweight: Mark Chamberlain defeated Joshua Oluwaseum Wahab via KO – Round 1, 2:42
  • Cruiserweight: Robin Sirwan Safar defeated Sergey Kovalev via unanimous decision (97-92, 99-90, 95-94)
  • Cruiserweight: David Nyika defeated Michael Seitz via TKO – Round 4, 2:45

Preliminary Card

Starts at 6:00 PM local time, Saturday, May 18 – Broadcasted via DAZN

  • Light Heavyweight: Daniel Lapin defeated Octavio Pudivitr via KO – Round 1, 1:47
  • Featherweight: Isaac Lowe defeated Hasibullah Ahmadi via unanimous decision (97-92, 97-92, 97-92)

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