Pros react after Oleksandr Usyk defeats Tyson Fury

By Chris Taylor - May 18, 2024

The highly anticipated undisputed heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk took place this evening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  

Oleksandr Usyk, Tyson Fury, Boxing, Pros react

Fury (34-1-1) and Usyk (22-0) were initially scheduled to collide this past February, however ‘The Gypsy King’ suffered a nasty cut in training, forcing the bout to be pushed back.

Tyson Fury had most previously competed this past October, where he edged out a hotly debated split decision win over former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. That victory had marked the Brit’s seventh in a row, as he had previously scored stoppage wins over Derek Chisora, Dillian Whyte and Deontay Wilder respectively.

As for Oleksandr Usyk, the Ukranian champion had last competed in August of last year, where he earned a ninth-round knockout victory over Daniel Dubois. That win was preceded by back-t0-back victories over Anthony Joshua where he claimed and then defended the WBA, WBO and IBF belts.

To ensure tonight’s undisputed heavyweight title fight went forward as planned, Turki Alalshikh put in place a high stakes pullout clause in effect for both fighters.

“I have guarantees from both of the fighters, $10 million if someone escapes from the fight.”

Tonight’s undisputed heavyweight title fight proved to be an absolutely thrilling twelve round affair. Oleksandr Usyk was able to get off to a strong start in rounds one and two, but Tyson Fury came back strongly to arguably win the next four or five rounds. However, in round eight Usyk appeared to break Fury’s nose and then was able to drop ‘The Gypsy King’ the following round with a huge combination (see that here). From there, Usyk seemingly went into cruise and control and in the end was awarded a much-deserved victory.

Official Result: Oleksandr Usyk defeats Tyson Fury via split decision (115-112, 113-114, 114-113)

Check out how the pros reacted to ‘Fury vs. Usyk’ below:

Post-fight reactions to Oleksandr Usyk defeating Tyson Fury this evening in Saudi Arabia:

What did you think of tonight’s heavyweight title fight? Were you surprised by the outcome?