Emotional Usyk Dedicates Win to Late Dad After Beating Fury to Become Undisputed Heavyweight Champ

Emotional Usyk Dedicates Win to Late Dad After Beating Fury to Become Undisputed Heavyweight Champ

Joel Reyes
May 19, 2024 at 4:35 AM
  • Oleksandr Usyk defeated Tyson Fury via split decision on Saturday night
  • The Ukrainian fighter became the undisputed heavyweight champion
  • An emotional Usyk dedicated the victory to his late father after the fight

Oleksandr Usyk is on top of the world.

The Ukrainian star defeated Tyson Fury on Saturday to become boxing's first undisputed heavyweight champion since 2000.

He became emotional after the fight as he paid tribute to his late father.

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Oleksandr Usyk celebrates after he defeated Tyson Fury in their heavyweight title clash on Saturday, May 18, 2024. Image: Fayez Nureldine.
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Usyk fought back tears as he remembered the person who had given him the belief that he could achieve great things in the boxing ring.

Emotional Usyk thanks late father after win

The reporter asked Usyk after the bout what he thinks his dad will say to him now.

He pointed to the heavens, saying:

"I think my father now, watching at me and very happy. Daddy, I love you. I can. You told me."

Saturday's win didn't come easy for Usyk, who had to dig deep to hand Fury his first-ever defeat in his professional boxing career.

Momentum swung in Usyk's favour in the ninth round when he unleashed a two-punch combination to Fury's head.

That left-right combo wobbled the Gypsy King, who was given a standing eight count by the referee, per Bleacher Report.

Fury managed to continue after he was saved by the bell, leading to an epic finish at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh.

Usyk continued pressing forward in the championship rounds as he looked to seal the biggest win of his boxing career. That materialised for the 37-year-old, with two judges scoring the bout in his favour.

Manuel Oliver Palomo scored the bout 115-112 in favour of Usyk while Mike Fitzgerland handed the Ukrainian a 114-113 win.

Craig Metcalfe scored the fight 114-113 in favour of Fury for a split decision verdict.

Fans react to Fury's first defeat

Sports Brief recently reported on fans' reactions to Fury's loss to Usyk.

Boxing fans took to social media, saying they witnessed the end of an era with Fury's defeat.

Another fan wrote that Fury should avoid doing a rematch with Usyk.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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