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Tyson Fury labels Oleksandr Usyk a quitter, says he deserved to lose to Daniel Dubois

Oleksandr Usyk. Photo credit: Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) has taken the opportunity to lay the boot into WBA, WBO and IBF counterpart Oleksandr Usyk 21-0 (14) for his recent performance against Daniel Dubois 19-2 (18) at Stadion Wroclaw in Wroclaw, Poland on August 26.

Ukrainian southpaw Usyk, 36, found himself on the canvas in the fifth round from a body shot on the beltline from Dubois that was ruled low by referee Luis Pabon, who allowed the unified champion five minutes to recover.

Usyk would bounce back to drop Dubois twice, stopping him in the ninth round.

The performance did not impress Britain’s Fury, 35, who will fight a 10-round non-title bout against boxing debutant and former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia on October 28.

“It’s tough to say somebody’s quit but Usyk quit with a body shot and rattled around the floor like a little [coward] for five minutes and the other one quit with a jab. But the truth is the truth and that’s it,” Fury said to Sky Sports.

“I thought he was a warrior, I thought he was a true little fighting man. But he’s clearly not, he’s just a little wussy.

“I’ve been hit full-on, right [below the belt] with the hardest punches you’ve ever seen, I didn’t roll around like that.

“It is what it is, you’re a fighting man or you’re not and if you quit once, you will always quit again. My father told me that when I was a child. If you spew it once you’ll always spew it and that’s the facts of the matter. End of.”

Earlier this year negotiations for a fight between Fury and Usyk fell apart when the WBC titleholder refused to accept a 50-50 purse split for the rematch should the WBA, WBO and IBF boss win their first fight.

Usyk had already conceded a 70-30 purse split in Fury’s favour for the first fight.

The chances of that fight ever taking place now seem as remote as ever.

“If Usyk is a good little boy, he might be an option but if he isn’t, he will just be another foreign middleweight that stays out in the cold,” Fury said.

“I will beat him and I won’t even look for a body shot either. I will knock him out with a chin shot if that fight ever happens. If he is a good little boy and takes a small percentage of the superstar’s money then he will get a fight.

“If he wants big bucks, if he wants a seat at the king’s table then you’ve got to play ball with the master.”

Fury added that Usyk has no other option but to come banging on his door, hat in hand.

“He can go and fight someone else for [hardly anything] again like he did against Dubois,” Fury said.

“If he fights [Filip] Hrgovic, he will get [hardly anything] also and if he fights [Zhilei] Zhang he will get even less.”