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Tyson Fury told epic Deontay Wilder fight "wasn't a boxing match"

Mirror logo Mirror 13/10/2021 Donagh Corby

Tyson Fury's win over Deontay Wilder "was not a boxing match" according to rival Oleksandr Usyk's promoter.

The Brit viciously knocked out Deontay Wilder in their trilogy bout on Saturday night, with many believing that he has cemented himself as the No.1 heavyweight in the world.

But Usyk's promoter Alexander Krassyuk has said that he was completely unimpressed by the performance and thinks that his man wouldn't have a problem with Fury in a potential fight.

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"Fury looked fresh though he had some extra weight on his body," Krassyuk said in an interview with The Sun.

"He performed better movements and his conditioning was much better.

"But I didn’t like the way he won because Wilder, let’s say, was ‘dead’ after the fourth round.

"It took Fury more than six rounds to finish the fight so he didn’t try to box but tried to knock him out, to severely damage him."

Deontay Wilder suffered a brutal 11th-round knockout at the hands of Tyson Fury © Getty Images Deontay Wilder suffered a brutal 11th-round knockout at the hands of Tyson Fury

And Krassyuk believes that the fight was "not a boxing match", echoing the sentiments of hall of fame promoter Barry Hearn who said it was similar to a "tear-up outside a pub".

"It definitely wasn’t a boxing match," he continued. "But the thing that I noticed is, exactly what I just mentioned, it was not a boxing match but it was a fight where two warriors came into the ring fighting and were fighting to the death.

"What I can say is none of them impressed me with their boxing. Both guys had big hearts, both were focused on the victory.

"Both were down more than once."

However, he did praise the excitement of the bout, having provided analysis on Ukrainian television, where Fury was dropped twice and Wilder was put down three times before it was called off.

Krassyuk admitted that he had picked Wilder to stop Fury, but says it wasn't a well-educated opinion.

"My understanding was that Fury was going to lose on Saturday night," he explained. "I thought he will get knocked out by Wilder. It wasn’t an analytical thought.

"I’ve been in boxing for 16 years, it was just another intuition that said Fury has very high chances to lose against Wilder.

"Of course he didn’t lose. I was in the studio for the commentary. That was a spectacular performance, absolutely spectacular.

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"And the fans, I’m sure, every and each fans no matter whose fan either Joshua’s or Fury’s or Wilder’s, everyone enjoyed the fight because it was a real fight."

And the Ukrainian promoter feels that with the technical abilities showed by both men, Usyk wouldn't face too many problems in a prospective bout.

"Coming back to Usyk, both guys – Wilder and Fury – in the shape they performed in the fight are a sweet dessert for Usyk because none of them performed with boxing skills," he added.

"If Usyk shows his technique, his style of technique I don’t think either Fury or Wilder can do anything serious to Usyk."

Krassyuk continued to say that he felt Wilder's performance was "really awful", partly to do with his weight, which was a career-heaviest of 238 lbs.

Fury also tipped the scales at a sky-high weight of 277 lbs, and even admitted that he wanted to get to 300 lbs.

"He looked awful, really, really awful because he couldn't make it with his body," Krassyuk continued.

"He didn't get used to that extra weight and he didn't feel good.

"In the fourth round he was already done and survived the rest of the fight till near the end."


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