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Frank Warren singles out Fury’s bloody nose as an opportunity to defeat Usyk

Promoter Frank Warren says Tyson Fury was giving Oleksandr Usyk a “boxing lesson” before his boxer bled during their heavyweight clash on Saturday night.

As the ‘King of the Gypsies’ dismounted in the ninth round – one of the most spectacular rounds in recent heavyweight history – blood splattered from his nose which affected him ever since.

The ninth will be remembered for Fury sitting in the sea when he was attacked by Usyk who threatened to end the fight until referee Mark Nelson saved Fury by giving him eight points.

After eight rounds judge Manuel Oliver Palimo scored four for Fury while judges Craig Metcalfe and Mike Fitzgerlad gave Brit five.

“It was a good fight, it was a spectacle. Two undefeated players gave everything they could,” said Warren, who produces Fury alongside Bob Arum.

“Obviously Tyson had a problem with his nose, I think he just lost his mind for a while. Until then, it was as if she was giving him away [Usyk] boxing lesson.

“I thought he broke his nose. Because he kept touching it, right? And he was breathing.

“But Oleksandr, the hero that he is, got back into it and had that big round. That was it. But I thought of Tyson [won]I generally agreed with the judge [Craig Metcalfe] give it to Tyson.”

With a 10-8 lead, Usyk pressured Usyk and put Fury under a lot of pressure, but the former WBC champion got up well in the final round awarded by all three judges. But despite his efforts, Usyk was crowned the undisputed heavyweight champion.

“I know everyone will say that, but I feel for him [Fury] it was successful,” said Warren. “But we don’t cry about it because many people saw it in different ways. But what a great fight. It was a glorious night in the Kingdom. And it’s something people will remember.”

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