“Nervous That Our Possible Fight Is In…”: Oleksandr Uysk Comes Clean About Why He Started Cheering For Tyson Fury Mid Fight Against Francis Ngannou

Published 10/30/2023, 10:28 AM EDT

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The Tyson FuryFrancis Ngannou fight has left every boxing enthusiast shocked. Though Fury won by a split decision, many have expressed their doubts and disagreements about it. Ngannou was even able to knock the heavyweight champion down on the canvas. The highly anticipated crossover event has left many even vouching for the ‘Predator’s win.

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Fury has made a promise to face Oleksandr Usyk, aiming to secure the title of undisputed heavyweight boxing champion. Usyk has officially confirmed their match scheduled for December 23 in Saudi Arabia. Usyk, who was there, witnessing the fight, could not help but start backing up a fallen Fury. Such an incident is uncommon in the world of boxing where banter and trash talk between opponents is expected. What was the reason behind this behavior of Usyk’s?

Oleksandr Usyk was taken aback by Tyson Fury getting knocked down

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In an interview with King Media Boxing, Usyk explained what prompted him to stand and shout instructions to his future opponent. “I was a little bit nervous that our possible fight is in jeopardy. I even started to shout out to him small things like use your jab, jab him faster, that’s it.” Usyk was worried about the fate of his battle with the heavyweight champion. He wanted Fury to be safe against the power puncher so the fight dates are not pushed further.

While this might strike some as ‘weird’, Usyk knew what was on the line. “It looks weird probably but from the other point of view, Let’s say myself, my team, my country, the whole world wants to see this fight happening and that’s why it is important that we do anything to make it happen.” Usyk and his team have been preparing for a clash between the ‘Gypsy King’ and the ‘Cat’ for a good while now. They are willing to move mountains to make sure it materializes.

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Will the undisputed fight get rescheduled?

Regarding the Fury vs. Usyk fight, promoter Frank Warren has indicated a delay to 2024. Fury, visibly damaged after his bout with Francis Ngannou, expressed his intent to fight Usyk, but the fight’s date remains uncertain. Despite this, Usyk remains hopeful, urging Fury in the interview to make the fight happen on December 23. Fury has faced criticism for his lackluster performance, as experts and fans voiced their disappointment.

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While Fury’s win has raised a few eyebrows, his performance has people questioning whether he will be able to face Usyk with such an approach. Some have even gone so far as to call it a mismatch. Though Fury might take some time off to recover and armor himself after the reality check Ngannou offered him. How likely do you think it is for the Ukranian to win against the Britisher?

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Prachi Prava Senapati

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Prachi Senapati is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. She has been a part of content creation and is using her expertise in the sport of Boxing. Her fascination with the combat sport stemmed from her early years when she witnessed the Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield fight.
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