Fury vs. Usyk Rematch May Not Happen

The Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk rematch may not happen. 

That is according to Frank Warren. Usyk made history with a split decision win to follow in Lennox Lewis’ footsteps of becoming an Undisputed Heavyweight Champion. The scorecards were a lot closer than the fight showed, with Usyk almost stopping Fury in round nine.

The referee gave a standing eight count, preventing Usyk from finishing his man as the bell saved Fury. After the loss, Fury felt he had done enough to win. That could set the narrative for a rematch. Reports indicate any rematch will take place in October. However, there is no guarantee it will happen as Usyk could retire. He has won everything in boxing, from the amateur level to the Olympics, and is now undisputed in two weight classes.

“We are commited because there’s a contract signed. However, Tyson has got to want to do it, and Usyk has got to want to do it. If one of them says, ‘I’ve had enough that could be the case. That would be their choice. He can as a champion and say, ‘I’m retiring. I’m not saying he would but he has an option,” Warren said

Fury may also not take up the rematch. Another loss to Usyk could damage his brand further, preventing a future Anthony Joshua fight. Fury has also taken a lot of punishment from his recent fights. The three Deontay Wilder fights, followed by the knockdown against Francis Ngannou, showed he was declining. Since the IBF is likely to call the mandatory, any rematch with Usyk will unlikely be for undisputed, leaving Fury with fewer reasons to carry on.  

“He said he thought he won. I don’t really think he believes that. I know there’s a rematch clause. I really don’t think that’ll happen. How will Tyson be able to get his head around that, especially when he looks at round nine when he looks at his performance? I don’t think he will [take the rematch with Usyk]. I think everybody around him will because there’s a lot of money involved. I think this will make Tyson seriously consider walking away from this game. He’s a wealthy man. This will be hard for him to digest to get his head around to accept. I think the referee saved Tyson from a knockout,” Nelson stated

Nevertheless, Fury’s promoter, Alex Krassyuk, has said they will go through with rematch. But it is unlikely to be for undisputed, with the IBF likely to call the mandatory, meaning Usyk will likely vacate or get stripped.

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