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May 19, 2024

‘Referee stole the KO’, says Usyk’s promoter after victory over Tyson Fury

‘Referee stole the KO’, says Usyk’s promoter after victory over Tyson Fury

Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk (L) fights against Britain’s Tyson Fury during a heavyweight boxing world championship fight at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 19, 2024. – Oleksandr Usyk beat Tyson Fury by split decision to win the world’s first undisputed heavyweight championship in 25 years on May 19, 2024, an unprecedented feat in boxing’s four-belt era. (Photo by Fayez NURELDINE / AFP)

Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter, Alexander Krassyuk believes the victory should have come earlier than it did as the fight didn’t have to go past the ninth round.

Fury was saved by the ropes, and then the bell after a flurry of punches from Usyk almost sent him to the canvas.

“I am exhausted. I was cheering and backing Usyk the whole fight. No disrespect to the referee but he stole the KO. That’s my opinion. It was a tremendous performance.” Krassyuk told DAZN.

Usyk, however, did enough at the end of 12 Rounds to earn a split decision victory.

Two judges scored in his favour – 115-113 and 114-113 with the other giving it to Fury at 114-113.