By Jake Tiernan: Unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk continued together with his callouts of WBC belt holder Tyson Fury on Twitter, posing in entrance of an outsized hamburger that he was about to eat, telling ‘The Gypsy King,’ “You’re subsequent.”
Until Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) can change the best way he’s been combating recently, he could possibly be in for a protracted, lengthy night time in opposition to the slick southpaw Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs), who is way quicker on his toes, athletic & higher conditioned.
Fury must trim down in weight from the 270s to the 250s to have the mobility & cardio required to battle the way more agile Usyk, contemplating he’s going to be utilizing a substantial amount of motion.
It will be a mistake on Fury’s half to make use of the identical easy combating model we’ve seen from him over the past three years, wherein he throws a shot after which dives in for a clinch. From there, Fury leans on his opponents together with his giant body to tire them out.
That strategy gained’t work in opposition to Usyk as a result of he’s not going to permit Fury to seize & lean just like the three heavyweights that he’s fought since 2020.
“Stomach, look what I’m consuming. Yum-hum. You’re subsequent,” mentioned Oleksandr Usyk on Twitter at this time, calling out Tyson Fury.
Stomach, you subsequent 🍽️ @Tyson_Fury pic.twitter.com/vDTCR8gzE0
— Alexander Usyk (@usykaa) January 23, 2023
Struggle of the century
“I’m not getting concerned anymore,” mentioned Fury to iFL TV when requested if he’s deliberately being quiet concerning the negotiating course of with Usyk. “Frank Warren will get paid to do it, and my lawyer, to allow them to do the deal. I’m not getting concerned in any respect as a result of it drives me mad all of the again & ahead. ‘He needs this, she needs this,’ so I’m not getting concerned.
“This struggle is the struggle of the century. Keep in mind when there was Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier I? They constructed it because the ‘Struggle of the Century.’ Now, Tyson Fury & Oleksandr Usyk for the primary heavyweight four-belt holder in historical past. It’s by no means been executed earlier than.
“That is the four-belt period. It’ll be the primary time a heavyweight had 4 belts to change into undisputed within the ‘Struggle of the Century’ and two undefeated champions. I’m a two-time world champion, and he’s a two-time world champion at two completely different weights.
“It’s a really fascinating struggle. You’ve bought a large versus a normal-sized heavyweight, however you’ve bought the slick southpaw in opposition to the large. I can do no matter he can do pretty much as good as he can do it.
“I’m not likely within the undisputed, however you would possibly as properly chuck it on the market as properly to all of the accolades. What occurs once I’m gone, I don’t give a rattling about to be honest,” mentioned Fury.