13 Feb

"Not Enemies." Krassyuk on Fury and Joshua

Alexander Krassyuk, the promoter of WBA, WBO, IBO, and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs), shared insights into the relationships with British boxers Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

"Joshua is a good guy, but he overstrained his psyche to such an extent in one direction that it almost snapped after he was not declared the winner in the second fight against Usyk. At that moment, all emotions burst out like a fountain, a geyser. He just couldn't control them. That was what was on his soul.

Does he regret what he said then? I think, deep down, yes. He shouldn't have behaved that way: first running from the ring, then returning, throwing the belts, then starting to argue with the coach, and then with Vasyl Lomachenko. Sometimes, the curtain gets a bit pulled, but that doesn't mean he's a bad person.

We sat down before the press conference, asked to turn off the cameras, and had a heart-to-heart talk:

"You did all you could. Today he is stronger. It doesn't mean you're a bad person or a loser. It means nothing. It only means that today Usyk won – that's all. And you continue working, who knows, maybe in 2-3 years you'll be the world champion again."

We hugged and are in warm relations. He's an opponent, not an enemy, and we also understand Tyson Fury. Despite what he says, I'm sure that after this trilogy, Usyk and Fury will be friends. I say trilogy as if I'm prophesying," Krassyuk commented for SportArena.

In September 2021 and August 2022, Usyk defeated Joshua twice by decision. The fight against Tyson Fury is scheduled for May 18th in Saudi Arabia.