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Fury vs. Usyk | Some Pre-Fight Thoughts

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Tonight at 22:00 Central European Time, heavyweights Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will be facing off in Riyadh for a bout that’ll decide who of them will become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the world. Normally, Radical Dose doesn’t post sports-related content, least of all on a Saturday, but this time we’ll make an exception. Fury vs. Usyk is one of those once in a generation events that define a sport and anything that defines a whole area of life must be looked at by political thinkers.

Why Riyadh?

When I first read about the bout, it seemed strange to me that it’s taking place in Saudi Arabia. Why can’t the undisputed heavyweight title fight take place in a civilised locale? What’s wrong with London? Why can’t the fight take place in Las Vegas? It’s not the first fight to take place in the desert, of course. Over time, we’ve seen more and more combat sports move to UAE or other oil-wealthy nations. However, none of these countries have a fighting tradition. None of the fighters are Arabs. All that Arabia, UAE or Kuwait really have to offer is money. I guess that’s all that matters these days and all sportsmanship has gone out of it.

The Fighters

Growing up in the 90s, I remember the world was fascinated by Mike Tyson. Before him, there were Sugar Ray and Muhammad Ali. It was a common quip in media that white men can’t fight. Of course, this completely ignored the fight that for most of its history, boxing was a white sport. And today, we’re seeing an undisputed heavyweight championship bout between an Irish Traveler and a Ukrainian. Both Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk look precisely like the blonde beast that haunts the nightmares of decolonialist intellectuals. Enormous, pink-skinned mountains of flesh with mad glints in their eyes and warrior hairstyles. Also notable is that both fighters are on the elderly side for athletes. Fury is 35 and Usyk is 37. Nonwhite fighters would have burned out a decade ago, but the slow life strategy of white people means we remain in our prime far longer than other races.

The Sport

There’s a theory out there that boxing promoters in the 70s, 80s and 90s conspired to promote black boxers. Now, I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I can’t help but notice that boxing was a white sport from its founding to the 70s, very briefly black and then resumed its pale complexion after the Klitschko brothers burst onto the scene in the late 90s. But regardless of if it’s true, the prominence of blacks in boxing, whether as fighters or promoters, i. e. Don King, ruined the sport’s reputation. The Noble Sport cannot be called so if it’s dominated by savages who rape and bite people’s ears off or draft-dodging converts to Islam. My hope is that the return of white men to boxing will salvage its reputation somewhat, though I note that the Fury family’s private behaviour and propensity for miscegenation is still somewhat questionable.

The Social Effects of the Fight

If dignity and honour return to the ring, I suspect that boxing will resume its position as The Noble Sport. This should make it likelier and easier for white men to enter boxing, something that is sorely needed in our age of declining martial virtue. I’ve always respected combat sports more than games played with the ball. I understand the utility of team sports, but I’ve found the courage of the lone fighter facing the challenge in the ring to be more aesthetically pleasing. To walk into an arena and conduct yourself with honour, to rely on your skill and put your trust in God or Fortune to bring you victory is something we used to have as a race. Perhaps if we returned to the ring, we could regain it. Maybe Fury vs. Usyk will inspire us to do so.

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