Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk a ‘dead fight’ and won’t happen before January, reckons Eddie Hearn
'Tyson Fury doesn't like criticism and he's going to be criticised.'
Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk is a ‘dead fight’ that ‘no wants to see,’ believes Eddie Hearn, who does not think the bout will happen in December as planned.
Fury scraped to a split-decision win over Francis Ngannou on Saturday night, knocked down in the third round by the former UFC heavyweight champion in the third round, who was competing in his first ever boxing match.
Many thought Ngannou won the fight, including Hearn who said the Cameroonian was ‘robbed’ in Saudi Arabia, and the fight has ruined the prospect of the Gypsy King taking on the Ukrainian.
A unification bout between the two reigning world heavyweight champions is scheduled for 23 December, and believed to still be the plan, but Hearn says there is no way that is happening.
‘Forget Fury vs Usyk. Dead fight. No one’s interested in that fight at all,’ Hearn told Boxing Social. ‘Even [Fury’s promoter] Frank Warren couldn’t push that fight, he knows that’s a dead fight.
‘I guess they’re going to make a rematch, but that’s a dead fight, Usyk vs Fury. And Warren knew it, you could see it in his interview.
‘I’m totally lost for words. That fight’s not happening on 23 December. Usyk vs Fury won’t happen in January. He’s got a cut, he got bashed up, his eye’s all damaged. His head will be all over the place because Tyson Fury doesn’t like criticism and he’s going to be criticised.
‘You talk about legacy, he’s just lost to a guy who’s never boxed before. It’s mad.
‘The fight was awful, absolutely awful. It was like two novices who’ve never boxed before. One’s the lineal heavyweight champion, the other one has never boxed before and he beat the lineal heavyweight champion.’
On what should be next for those involved, and his own fighter Anthony Joshua, Hearn laid out three options.
‘Usyk vs Fury’s a mismatch, no one wants to see it. Either make Fury vs Ngannou rematch, make Fury against AJ or Ngannou against AJ,’ he said.
‘I can’t even believe we’re talking about this, but he’s beat Tyson Fury so he’s earned his shot against AJ.’
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