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Oleksandr Usyk on Tyson Fury retiring: “No, I do not believe it”

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By Allan Fox: Oleksandr Usyk doesn’t believe WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will be retiring from the sport despite his claims of being “done.” If this is just a game for Fury to toy with the emotions of his fans by claiming he’s retiring, it’s a pathetic move.

Fans believe that Fury ONLY wants to fight Anthony Joshua, and if he loses his rematch with Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs), he won’t fight the Ukrainian because it’s a wrong style match-up for the slow British heavyweight.

Fury has lost his ability to move around the ring in the last couple of years, thanks in part to the weight that he’s packed on. If Fury were to face a fighter like Usyk, he’d get picked apart, as he wouldn’t be able to use his mauling to win.

The ugly mauling that Fury uses now would be ineffective against a mover like Usyk. It appears that Fury knows that because that’s why he’s not eager to fight Usyk.

Now that Fury is fighting in the 270s, he’s only capable of minimal movement around the ring, and that wouldn’t be enough for him to defeat a mobile fighter like the 2012 Olympic gold medalist Usyk.

If this is a fake retirement for Fury, a ploy to keep the focus on him in the afterglow of his win over Dillian Whyte on April 23, it would be a despicable move.

This could backfire on Fury, as it will anger fans when he resumes his career, and people will lose their trust in him.

Fury’s fight with Whyte was a big disappointment for boxing fans, as it wasn’t an entertaining contest. Fury looked sluggish, old, fat, and slow, spoiling much of the time with his holding & leaning.

“Of course, what’s going on in Ukraine will motivate me a lot. In the gym, during training sessions, and during the fight. Because for me it’s another way to make people happier, those who are at home right now,” said Oleksandr Usyk to BlockAssetCo about his rematch with Anthony Joshua in July.

No, I do not believe it,” said Usyk when asked if he believes Tyson Fury will retire.

Fury recently claimed that he was done with boxing actively and would focus on fighting exhibitions matches in the sport and doing WWE. He wants to fight MMA fighter Francis Ngannou, and you can’t blame Fury. It’ll make him some serious coin without the risk of being humiliated like he would have if he fought Usyk.

.As often as Fury has talked of his plans to retire, it’s difficult not to believe that he’s serious.

IBF/WBA/WBO champion Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) is training for his rematch with former unified champion Anthony Joshua in a fight that could take place on July 23rd. The Usyk vs. Joshua II contest winner could meet Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs).




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