Tyson Fury or Oleksandr Usyk? Roy Jones Jr. Names the Best Active Heavyweight Boxer

Published 10/19/2021, 9:00 AM EDT


Oleksandr Usyk has seen some valid success in the heavyweight division, especially after beating Anthony Joshua for the WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO titles. Despite having just three fights in the weight class, several people are already touting him as the best. And many even see him as an antidote to the WBC champion Tyson Fury’s dominance.

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The current scenario validates a unification scrap between Usyk and Fury, if both sides agree. However, veteran boxer Roy Jones Jr. doesn’t find Usyk to be superior to ‘The Gypsy King’. Jones Jr. hailed Usyk’s boxing capability, but revealed why Tyson Fury shall remain the best in the heavyweight division.

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In a chat with IFL TV, Roy Jones Jr. said, “Yeah, he [Tyson Fury] is still number one. How can he not be? I mean, who did something to prove that they are better than him? He didn’t get beat. I mean, Usyk is undefeated too. But Usyk just had two fights in the heavyweight division. Maybe two or three.”

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“So, that’s still just three fights in the heavyweight division. Fury has been in the heavyweight division his whole career. He is undefeated too. So you gotta go with the man that has been there the longest.”

Usyk, a two-division world champion, has been flawless in his career so far. Several people believed Anthony Joshua would hand Usyk his first-ever loss. But the tables turned drastically and Usyk is now a chief persona in the heavyweight unit.

Can Oleksandr Usyk surpass everyone?

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Relying on his southpaw stance and high-level boxing skills, Oleksandr Usyk can envision himself ruling the heavyweight division. But at this weight class, one punch can end the show. While Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have the power to do so, Usyk has a tough road ahead. As for now, he will rematch Anthony Joshua.

Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Oleksandr Usyk before his fight against Anthony Joshua Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

If he proves himself against ‘AJ’, the Ukrainian star can explore other options. It will be a demanding path and that will only intensify the entire scenario. Apart from the world title, Usyk also has his unbeaten tag to defend.

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Given his display against Joshua, he can surely surpass everyone. However, the onus will be on him to maintain his movements to evade the powerful fists in the heavyweight roster.

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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