Tyson Fury Predicts “Awkward” Fight Between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk

Published 09/24/2021, 10:11 AM EDT


Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk have finally weighed in. The Ukrainian champion will step into the ring at 221 lbs, 4 lbs heavier than his last fight against Derek Chisora. On the other hand, the two-time unified heavyweight king is coming in at 240 lbs, not his lightest yet.

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Hours away from fight night, fans are now looking forward to seeing how this matchup plays out. Experts and analysts are torn on this topic; while some are confident Joshua will bag an easy win, there are also some that see Usyk outboxing his opponent.

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Tyson Fury has now stepped into this discussion. He recently voiced his prediction for Joshua vs Usyk. ‘The Gypsy King’ believes it will be an “awkward” first few rounds. He suggested that eventually, Joshua’s approach will become repetitive and that he will run out of ideas.

Fury thinks Joshua’s best chance at winning will be to finish Usyk in the initial round(s). The WBC champion sees a tough night ahead for Anthony Joshua and is not ruling out the possibility of Usyk winning by stoppage.

I expect it to be awkward for a few rounds. And I expect AJ to run out of ideas really. If he doesn’t land early and get him out of there, I see it being a tough night and maybe even a stoppage loss,” said Tyson Fury.

Would Tyson Fury ever consider fighting Oleksandr Usyk?

As Fury and Wilder head into their trilogy bout on October 9, fans will soon know who tomorrow’s winner will ultimately face in a unification bout.

Most boxing fans agree Oleksandr Usyk has a solid chance at defeating Anthony Joshua. If he works his magic tomorrow night, the Ukrainian undisputed cruiserweight champion will be the new face of the heavyweight division. Moreover, he could become a new hurdle for the likes of Tyson Fury and even Deontay Wilder.

However, that is not something ‘The Gypsy King’ is looking forward to. Last year, Tyson Fury expressed his disinterest in fighting Oleksandr Usyk.

No. Usyk ain’t on the list, he’s a no-name, no-one’s interested and it doesn’t make any money. So what would I wanna fight him for?

He’s a small cruiserweight, foreigner, don’t speak good English, and nobody’s really interested anyway, he’s not setting anything alight.

I want the big fights people are interested in and that ain’t one of them,” said Fury.

Fury even suggested that the heavyweight throne belongs to “the West“, the United States and the UK in particular.

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The belts are back in the West and they’re gonna stay there. Whatever it sounds like, the heavyweight champion should be from Britain or America, nowhere else. Maybe in Ukraine, he might be a big star, but Britain or America’s not interested in some Ukrainian boxer boxing in Ukraine and that’s the way it is.

The heavyweight champion of the world needs to be in the West and that’s how it goes,” Fury added.

However, Tyson Fury’s comments might not necessarily be true. Leading up to this mega-heavyweight clash on September 25, Usyk has become a favorite amongst a lot of fans, even in the UK. Moreover, he is still one of the best to ever walk into a boxing ring. Only time will tell if Tyson Fury switches his outlook on Usyk.

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Who will you be rooting for tomorrow night?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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