Oleksandr Usyk silences Tyson Fury after being mocked for wearing an earring in leaked interview

Fury and Usyk collide on 17 February in Saudi Arabia (Picture: Getty)

Oleksandr Usyk hit back at Tyson Fury after the ‘The Gypsy King’ mocked him for wearing an earring ahead of their historic undisputed title clash next month.

WBA, WBO and IBF champion Usyk will meet WBC king Fury to crown the division’s first sole, undisputed champion in 25 years on 17 February in Saudi Arabia.

The pair sat down with Steve Bunce for a special face-to-face interview which appeared online this week with Fury aiming a dig at his rival, commenting, ‘I know he can’t beat me. A man who wears an earring in his ear can never beat Tyson Fury. Ever. No one who wears earrings can beat me.’

In response, Usyk calmly explained there is ‘no beauty or fashion ‘ in his look with the earring ‘proof’ of his ‘Cossack lineage’, worn as a  ‘warrior’ symbol out of respect to those who ‘defended my country from our enemies for many years’.

‘I can explain about the earrings,’ Usyk said. ‘It’s Ukrainian warrior, Cossack.

‘They were the people who defended my country from our enemies for many years. This is just the proof of my Cossack lineage. They never lost to anybody.

‘There is no beauty or fashion in this.’

Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk

All four heavyweight world titles will be on the line (Picture: Getty)

After a pause, Fury responded: ‘Listen in Ukraine it means he’s a good fighting man, for him.

‘But where I’m from it means he’s a p***y with an earring in. That’s the way I cut it.’

Fury and Usyk come into their historic fight undefeated, with Usyk defending his titles against Daniel Dubois last August following back-to-back victories over Anthony Joshua.

Fury meanwhile fought last October, taking on former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in what was his first ever professional boxing match.

Fury was given an almighty scare against the Cameroonian, dropped in the third round before sealing a controversial split decision on the judges’ scorecards.

Ngannou will be in action against Joshua three weeks after Fury vs Usyk, with the winners of both those bouts likely to meet later in the year.


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