Usyk: Fury Was My Hardest Fight

Oleksandr Usyk has said the Tyson Fury fight was the most difficult challenge of his career. 

Usyk won the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship in a split decision victory. The win made Usyk the first Undisputed Heavyweight Champion since Lennox Lewis. Usyk dominated the early parts of the fight before Fury hit back in the middle rounds.

Fury landed numerous uppercuts to the body and then one to the face, slowing Usyk down. However, the turning point happened in round nine. Usyk landed a big left hand, followed by numerous combinations to almost stop Fury. The referee saved the Gypsy King from a stoppage, giving him a standing eight count instead.

The rematch has been scheduled for December 21. It could still be for undisputed if the IBF allows Usyk’s exemption to keep the belt and delay his mandatory against Daniel Dubois. Looking back, Usyk felt Fury gave him his toughest test. 

“Toughest fight – yes. Biggest punch – no. Because Derek Chisora, very tough guy. [One punch landed] on the gloves and I said, ‘Oh my God.’ Like a baseball bat. When I get the uppercut it was very pain. I feel for maybe ten seconds and say, ‘Hey God, thank you, help me.’ I say to myself, ‘Move. Move because if you stop he’ll kill you,” Usyk said 

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