Teofimo Lopez: We should take our hats off and give Fury flowers for the fight with Usyk

Theo is expecting a rematch

WBO world junior welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez commented on the victory of Ukrainian Oleksandr Usik in the fight with Briton Tyson Fury for the title of absolute world heavyweight champion.

“The best fighter won that evening – Usik. Fury is a great champion and has achieved a lot in the sport. The fact that he’s still in boxing just shows how much he loves and appreciates the sport.”

“I think we should take our hats off and give him flowers for this. He didn’t need to arrange a duel with Usyk, but he did it. They’ll be rematching now and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do.”

On the night of May 19, Usik inflicted the first defeat of Fury in his professional career in a fight that took place at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). The victory was awarded to the Ukrainian by a split decision: 115-112, 113-114 and 114-113.

Usik became the first absolute world heavyweight champion in the era of four belts. In the heavyweight division, the last time Lennox Lewis held absolute status was in 1999, but then three titles were enough for this title.

Alexander is the second boxer in history after Evander Holyfield, who was the absolute world champion in cruiserweight and heavyweight. Also, the Ukrainian boxer became the third (after Terence Crawford and Naoya Inoue) in the era of four prestigious titles to become the absolute champion in two weight categories.

It was reported that an agreement had been reached between Usyk and Fury for a re-fight. The “Gypsy King” has officially activated the rematch option. The second fight between Usik and Fury will take place on December 21, 2024 in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).

Source: Sportarena

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