Tyson Fury has an interesting reason for his loss against Oleksandr Usyk.

Fury (34-1-1, 24 KOs) was knocked down late by Usyk (22-0, 14 KOs) in their heavyweight boxing match in May at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, losing on points. Usyk became the first undisputed heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999.

Fury believed he had done enough to win the fight. “The Gypsy King” felt he easily outboxed Usyk before going down in round 9, going so far as to call Usyk an easy opponent.

“The Usyk fight was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be – a lot easier,” Fury said on his FUROCITY podcast. “People said, 'Oh, he's hard to hit.' I was hitting him with three-, four-punch combinations and laughing at him. My problem with that fight was I was probably having too much fun. It was probably too easy. Sometimes it was too easy.

“It was like I was there with a local amateur boxer and I was just enjoying it too much and fooling around. (I) paid the ultimate price in round 9 when I got a 10-8 round and got knocked out. That's what happens when you have too much fun. They always tell me, 'Never mix your work with your fun,' and I always gave them the middle finger and that's what I remembered now.”

Fury will have the opportunity to leave no room for doubt when he faces Usyk on December 21 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

“I have to get him out of there because I'm not going to get a point win, which is unfortunate because it's hard enough to win a fight just by winning, let alone knocking someone out,” Fury said. “But I'm confident and looking forward to the challenge.”

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