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“I Don’t Think That…”: Evander Holyfield Details Why Oleksandr Usyk Will Win Against Tyson Fury

Published 11/21/2023, 9:41 AM EST

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In a heated face-off in London, Tyson Fury unleashed a barrage of verbal abuse towards Oleksandr Usyk, culminating in an intense physical confrontation as Fury pushed his head into the Ukrainian boxer before security intervened to separate them. The animosity between the two fighters escalated ahead of their scheduled bout in Riyadh on February 17, where the stakes are notably high.

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The victor of this clash will emerge as the first undisputed heavyweight champion in the four-belt era, with Fury currently holding the WBC belt and Usyk being the WBA, WBO, and IBF champion. The big names in the sport are already putting out their predictions regarding this fight. Recently Evander Holyfield has also taken Usyk’s side for the victory.

Evander Holyfield predicts the fight in favor of Oleksandr Usyk


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Like Usyk, Evander Holyfield rose from a dominant cruiserweight career to achieve heavyweight greatness. Holyfield navigated challenges against larger opponents like Riddick Bowe, George Foreman, and Lennox Lewis. Perhaps, in Usyk’s similar journey, Holyfield recognizes shared experiences and strategies honed in facing much bigger adversaries.

Speaking to IFL TV, Holyfield explained his reason behind choosing Usyk as the winner. He said, “Well, it’s going to be a tough fight for both. Even though I think Usyk will win because for one thing, he’s a tough fighter and he don’t give up and he quicker. So I don’t think that Tyson Fury would be able to compete with how many punches he’s gonna throw.


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So, on the one hand, Holyfield is supporting Usyk, but on the other, Holyfield’s past rival and current business partner, Mike Tyson has given his verdict for Tyson Fury.

Mike Tyson chose Tyson Fury as the winner


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Mike Tyson has shared his insights on the anticipated clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight championship in 2024. Observing Fury’s recent victory over Francis Ngannou in October, Tyson expressed his anticipation for the upcoming bout, leaning towards Fury, Tyson believes Usyk will be dominated with his overpowering style.

Tyson said, “I got to go with Fury. I think he’s the best fighter in the world, especially in the heavyweight division. Great fighters lose, great fighters look bad, [but] that doesn’t stop them from being great fighters.” So, ‘Iron’ Mike took a different route than Evander Holyfield and claimed the victory for none other than ‘The Gypsy King’.


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So, the two big names are looking in different directions when it comes to this marquee heavyweight showdown. What are your predictions? Who do you think will grab the undisputed crown in this fight? Let us know in the comments.

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Written by:

Chirag Radhyan


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Chirag Radhyan is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. He has authored over 300 articles and loves to talk about the animosity between athletes, leading up to a fight. His coverage of the off-court drama between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury received widespread appreciation from readers.
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Abhishek Kumar Das