Tyson Fury ‘proud’ to play key role in decision to retire following Oleksandr Usyk defeat

Tyson Fury has ‘too much pride’ to retire after his loss to Oleksandr Usyk and will want a rematch with the Ukrainian.

Boxing promoter Ben Shalom is confident the pair will fight again after last weekend’s exciting encounter in Saudi Arabia.


Fury suffered his first professional loss at the hands of Usyk in the first undisputed heavyweight fight of this century.

The Gypsy King felt he deserved the judges’ decision despite being knocked down by his opponent in the ninth round.

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A rematch between the two fighters had already been agreed upon, but doubts were raised at Fury’s post-fight press conference.

Shalom says the 35-year-old will take some time to reflect on his future in boxing, with the likes of Johnny Nelson raising suspicions he could hang up his gloves.

But Shalom believes that pride will eventually win and convince Fury that he can beat Usyk.

The promoter told Sky Sports: “I think he will want to let the dust settle.

“I think any of these fighters at this stage of their career, towards the end of their career and making so much money, retirement will always be on their mind.

“But I think if you look at that fight again, there was a moment in the fifth, sixth, seventh round before Usyk got to the top, where Tyson looked in cruise control.

“Did he lose concentration for a split second? Was he lost in the fight when Usyk recovered?

“I think he’ll be kicking himself in some ways, I think he’ll feel like he can do more, that he can do better.

“I think he’ll take the rematch. There’s just too much money, too much pride on the line and I think once the weeks are resolved, he’ll be ready for the rematch.”

A rematch, if it happens, will likely happen in October of this year.

Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has suggested another fight is likely to take place.

Former British super middleweight Leon McKenzie agrees with Shalom that Fury thought he had more control than he actually did.

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McKenzie suggested that the different voices in Fury’s corner were detrimental to him in the fight.

He said: “That’s a big point in terms of control. Maybe he thought he had a little more control than we thought.”

“There was a lot of talk on the corner, obviously more than one person.

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“I feel like even when you look back at it, he controlled it to a certain extent, he was very close, but he was finding his jab, he was finding certain shots.

“They didn’t catch him properly, so you could have sided with Tyson in terms of the first half of the fight.”