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Johnny Nelson expects Tyson Fury to retire rather than take on Oleksandr Usyk in rematch

Johnny Nelson expects Tyson Fury to retire rather than take on Oleksandr Usyk in rematch

Johnny Nelson thinks Tyson Fury will retire instead of fighting Oleksandr Usyk again.

'The Gypsy King', 35, was beaten by 'The Cat', 37, at their undisputed heavyweight world title in Saudi Arabia last month, marking the boxer's first professional defeat.

Recently, Fury was seen being escorted out of a bar in Morecambe, Lancaster, before hitting the deck, and former boxer Nelson, 57, has taken this as a sign the sportsman won't be in a good enough shape to through with his contracted rematch with Usyk on 21 December.

Speaking to Seconds Out, he said: "I think the realisation of what’s happened to him, will kick in slowly but surely. I don’t believe Tyson Fury will fight Oleksandr Usyk next or again.

"He [Fury] either packs it in or Usyk retires or moves down [to cruiserweight].

"I don’t think he’ll get in with Usyk again, I think he’ll retire because of the fashion of his defeat, and he’ll just be struggling to deal with it.

"Maybe his legs aren’t gone, but he’s not the fighter he was. His last fight and his fight before that [Francis Ngannou] told us that. Maybe it’s that time."

'The Entertainer' also theorised Fury may not have any real incentive to fight Usyk again, and claimed the former heavyweight champion hasn't been on top form since his epic first bout with Deontay Wilder in 2018.

He explained: "When you’re that successful financially and gotten to the top, unless you really love it and you’re prepared to rough it out and get back there again, why would you listen to anybody that you think is a lesser man than you to tell you what to do?

"His first fight against Deontay Wilder was his last stellar performance.

"Tyson Fury may train right, but I feel the last time we saw the best of him was his first fight against Wilder."

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