Legendary Boxer Roy Jones Jr. Explains Why Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk Should Never Fight

Published 09/27/2021, 7:15 AM EDT


Oleksandr Usyk’s recent win over Anthony Joshua has put him in a position where he can envision himself matching against WBC champion Tyson Fury somewhere down the line. 19-0 as a professional, Usyk has entered the heavyweight championship tale with the WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO straps around his waist. However, former champion Roy Jones Jr. doesn’t want to see the Ukrainian clash with ‘The Gypsy King’.

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While Usk vs Fury can be a potential blockbuster, ‘Captain Hook’ Jones Jr. revealed why it shouldn’t happen anytime soon. Roy Jones Jr. has had transitioned from cruiserweight to the heavyweight roster, back in his days. Hence, he understands the route pretty well.

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In a chat with the media, he detailed why Fury vs Usyk will be a bad matchup that will go down in Tyson Fury’s favor under any given circumstances.

Roy Jones Jr. said, “Whatever we do, we do not want to see Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk. No, we don’t want that. By no means we donot want to see that. Because, in reality, the better big man. The skilled big man beats the skiled lil man. In most the cases.”

“Most this is the boringest thing you will ever wanna watch because nobody can knock anybody out. The big man [Tyson Fury] that is skilled, ain’t no superpower puncher. The lil man [Oleksandr Usyk] is smilled and is a super power pucher.”

Meanwhile, Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury may not have made it to each other fighting radar yet. Following a win over ‘AJ’, Usyk can collide with his opponent in an epic rematch. So, he needs to continue focussing on Anthony Joshua, before turning his head into the other heavyweight scenarios.

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Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua was shocking

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Most people didn’t expect Usyk to outclass ‘AJ’ in their recent collision. But the cruiserweight star turned the tables in style. He looked the better man from the start to the end and snatched away Joshua’s heavyweight belts in a lopsided action. Despite suffering heat in the mid-rounds, Oleksandr Usyk didn’t let Anthony Joshua establish his dominance.

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A sold-out Tottenham Hotspur Stadium saw their local hero Anthony Joshua crumble down by the end of the fight. On a massive contrast, Usyk was still sharp and rightfully earned his straps via unanimous decision. Two-weight titlist Usyk can now look forward to continuing his dominance in the heavyweight division.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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