Frank Warren defends Tyson Fury after accusing judges of picking Oleksandr Usyk because of war in Ukraine



Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk
Fury lost a split decision in Saudi Arabia (Picture: Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Legendary boxing promoter Frank Warren has leapt to the defence of his fighter Tyson Fury following his controversial comments made after his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.

Fury suffered the first defeat of his professional career on Saturday night as Usyk took his WBC title to become heavyweight boxing’s first undisputed champion in 25 years.

‘The Gypsy King’ appeared to be settling into control of the fight by the midway stages but Usyk superbly fought his way back with an incredible ninth round tipping the fight back in his favour.

Usyk secured the win via a narrow split decision on the judges’ scorecards.

Speaking just moments after that decision was read out and believing he had done enough to get the win, Fury accused the judges of being influenced by Ukraine’s ongoing conflict with Russia.

‘We both put on a good fight,’ he said. ‘His country is at war, so people are siding with the country at war. Make no mistake, I won that fight in my opinion.’

Queensberry Promotions boss Warren however has hit back at the criticism levelled at Fury. The 72-year-old has promoted Fury since his return to boxing in 2018 having struggled with depression and addiction, having also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder the previous year.

Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk
Usyk was crowned the new undisputed king (Picture: Action Images via Reuters)

‘I get quite angry,’ Fury told talkSPORT. ‘I’ve just got back and I’m reading some of the reports.

‘Tyson is bipolar. If you go on the NHS site and look at what the symptoms are of bipolar, some of the things is saying exactly what is on your mind.

‘If it’s in your mind, you say it. That is one of the symptoms, unfortunately.’

He added: ‘Tyson, you look at him immediately after that fight, he kisses [Usyk] at least three times on the forehead and on the cheek.

‘With Tyson, he’s said in the past, ‘I’ve retired’. And a couple of months later, ‘I’m fighting again’. That’s unfortunately one of the things that happens with people who suffer from a dreadful illness.

‘It was called manic depression years ago, now it’s called bipolar. It’s all well documented the problems he’s had down the years. Tyson is a warrior.’

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