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Oleksandr Usyk provides his verdict on Wilder v Fury draw

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Oleksandr Usyk pulled no punches in his assessment of the controversial outcome of the Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury fight last week in Los Angeles.

In an interview with FightHype he stated that he believed that Fury won the fight clearly, a verdict shared by various big names in the sport such as Lennox Lewis, Paulie Malignaggi and Carl Froch.

When asked for his analysis and how he scored the bout, Usyk said “Fury win the fight. I give Fury 8 rounds. Wilder 3 or 4 maximum, including the two with the knockdowns.”

This assessment in complete contrast to the baffling scorecard by Mexican judge Alejandro Rochin who scored the bout 115-111 to Deontay Wilder - which angered many watching at the venue and around the world.

When asked about the performance, Usyk - who has stated his interest in moving up to heavyweight next year - appeared to be relatively unimpressed by both men's performances but praise Fury for getting up after the 12th round knockdown.

“Fury was very good, good fighter. Wilder killed Fury and then 1, 2, 3 and he gets up, absolutely crazy,” he added.

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Usyk also briefly discussed his future in the ring and it appears that the Ukrainian is keeping all avenues open at this stage.

A much talked about potential fight with Anthony Joshua in April at Wembley appears on the cards but Usyk is currently more focused on Vasyl Lomachenko's fight with Jose Pedraza this weekend.

He added: “Right now, I don’t know, I am relaxed at home with my family, no boxing and here for the fight with Vasyl.

“We’ll talk about it and discuss with my team, at this stage I just want to do nothing and chill with my family before making the decision.”

Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew - Cruiserweight World Title Fight

After the WBC ordered a rematch yesterday between Wilder and Fury, it appears that the heavyweight decision is in rude health going into 2019.

The prospect of Wilder v Fury II and possibly Joshua v Usyk by May 2019 sets up a mouthwatering super-fight between the winners of those fights later in the year.

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Heavyweight
Oleksandr Usyk
Deontay Wilder
Tyson Fury
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