Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk has dismissed Tyson Fury’s claim that he is retired.
Krassyuk insists it is still part of his fighter’s plan to face WBC champion Fury for the undisputed crown. WBA, IBF and WBO title holder Usyk takes on Anthony Joshua in a rematch on July 23 in Saudi Arabia. Fury insisted he retired after knocking out Dillian Whyte last month at Wembley Stadium.
But Krassyuk does not believe The Gypsy King’s claim. "I don't take it seriously," Krassyuk told Sky Sports. "Once he is a 44-year-old who is tired of everything then it might be some sort of truth, but he is on top, the world loves him, the world supports him, his country stands behind him, we've seen so many times retirements with comebacks.
"I remember Vitali Klitschko taking the decision to retire and then to come back in a few years, Wladimir Klitschko retired six years ago but he is still considering, still thinking, still talking about the possible chance to come back.
"I don't think it's very likely he retires. You cannot trust what Tyson Fury says because today he says one thing and tomorrow he says the opposite, and next day he changes it half opposite.”
Krassyuk thinks the lure from fans wanting him back will be enough to entice Fury into a ring return later this year. He said: "He's an entertainer so he says what the public wants to hear from him.
"Just imagine, he insists on retirement and people around him try to convince to come back and he says, 'no, no, no' and suddenly he makes the decision, 'okay, I will come back'. It's all about the interest, all about the publicity. He's a big entertainer. That might be what he really thinks at the moment but I'm not sure he will stay with this decision for a long time."
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Usyk wants to become undisputed champion but Krassyuk insists he is not overlooking Joshua in the rematch. He said: "He might be more relaxed and now he has the experience of facing Usyk so probably has new things in his mind, new tricks to present. My anticipation is that it will be even harder this time, but still it is what it is.
"After he defends his title he will probably want to go for undisputed and you never know if it's going to be Tyson Fury or if he definitely takes the final decision to retire and the belt is vacated and somebody else becomes champion.
"At this stage we are focused on Anthony Joshua. We shouldn't look too far ahead. But the strategy is the strategy, it means the direction you have to go and this [facing Fury for undisputed] is exactly the direction.”
There hasn’t been an undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999.
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