Eddie Hearn reacts to Tyson Fury’s defeat by Oleksandr Usyk: ‘He was absolutely gone!’

Usyk outpointed Fury to become undisputed heavyweight champion, but the fight could have been stopped when the Briton was hurt in round nine

Alex Pattle
in Riyadh
Sunday 19 May 2024 10:28 BST
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Eddie Hearn has said “the right man won” after Oleksandr Usyk earned a split-decision victory over Tyson Fury on Saturday.

Usyk beat Fury 115-112, 113-114, 114-111 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since 2000.

The result saw Usyk, 37, add to his undisputed cruiserweight triumph and Olympic gold medal, while keeping the Ukrainian unbeaten. Meanwhile, 35-year-old Fury suffered his first professional loss.

And the scorecards went the right way, according to Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, who said: “I thought Usyk won the fight.

“I thought it was close. I struggled to give Usyk any of the first six [rounds]. I thought Fury was in control and looked fantastic in seven, eight. Nine was obviously massive, how he survived I don't know.”

Hearn was referencing the moment Usyk hurt Fury badly in round nine, with the Briton arguably saved by a strange standing count from the referee.

“In an undisputed fight, when the guy doesn’t touch the canvas, I don’t think [it should be stopped],” Hearn said, “but [Fury] was absolutely gone.

“[Usyk] showed so much bottle to come back [...] I guess when you look back on that, you score it 115-113 to Usyk. Some had it wider, I’m not sure anybody had it for Fury. I thought the right man won.

“They’re talking about Usyk retiring? I don’t think so. I think he’ll fancy his chances [in the rematch]. I think Fury has to switch it up on the front foot. I thought Usyk looked a little bit tired at times. Usyk is also a genius.

“He’s so undersized, the disadvantage against a man of that size... To overcome that, you’re talking one of the best fighters of his generation.

“[Joshua] thought Usyk won. He said, ‘Usyk won it easy.’ I had it quite close. Again, scoring is subjective. I thought Fury boxed fantastically well in the first six rounds. I thought he was well on his way to boxing to a stoppage or a decision, but Usyk is incredible.”

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