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Tyson Fury's Retirement Looms as Usyk Fight Is Off for December 23

The highly anticipated bout between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, scheduled for December 23, is now officially canceled. This decision follows Fury’s less-than-stellar performance against Francis Ngannou on Saturday night. Although Fury secured a split decision victory, his underwhelming display raised concerns about his readiness for the Usyk fight.

Usyk was present at the Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou match in Saudi Arabia, but Fury’s performance has left Usyk questioning the wisdom of proceeding with their scheduled bout. The two fighters had recently signed a deal to square off the day before Christmas Eve.

Promoter Frank Warren addressed the cancellation, emphasizing that Fury’s physical condition and performance played a crucial role in the decision. Fury, who is 35 years old, endured a grueling 12-week training camp and a tough fight against Ngannou. As a result, he needs a break to spend time with his family and recharge. The specific date for the Fury-Usyk fight has yet to be confirmed, but it is expected to take place early in the new year, possibly in late January or February.

Warren also expressed the need to protect Fury from himself and to prioritize the fighter’s well-being. Fury had initially stated in the ring after his split decision victory that he would be willing to fight on December 23, but Warren emphasized that Fury’s desire for the fight should be balanced with his physical readiness.

Moreover, Warren suggested that Usyk’s presence in the arena may have distracted Fury, potentially contributing to his lackluster performance.

Regarding the Ngannou fight, Warren acknowledged that it was not Fury’s best showing but emphasized that it was a victory. He attributed the subpar performance to the intensity and danger posed by Ngannou, making it a challenging and tough fight for anyone.

As for Fury’s future, Warren concluded that it ultimately hinges on Fury’s own determination and decision. Fury has a significant fight ahead, with the opportunity to unify all four belts, and he will need to decide when he is prepared to take on that challenge.

The potential rematch between Fury and Ngannou remains a massive draw, provided Tyson Fury decides to pursue it, as his retirement is becoming an increasingly possible outcome.

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