Heavyweight Tyson Fury said sympathy for Ukraine was behind the judges awarding a split-decision victory to Oleksandr Usyk in their heavyweight title fight on Sunday, with the Briton calling for an immediate rematch.

After cruising through the middle of the fight, Fury never recovered from a standing eight count in the ninth round, and the judges gave the fight to Usyk, making him the first undisputed heavyweight champion in almost 25 years.

"I believe I won that fight," Fury said. "I believe he won a few of the rounds, but I won the majority of them .... His country's at war, and people are siding with the country at war, but make no mistake, I won that fight," Fury said in an interview in the ring after the fight.