‘I Don’t Believe Usyk Is a Heavyweight’ – Tyson Fury Has a Surprise Prediction for Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk

Published 06/17/2021, 2:35 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 13: Tyson Fury of England reacts during a press conference ahead of his heavyweight match against Tom Schwarz at BT Sport Studios on May 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)


Things in the heavyweight division have changed drastically with the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury trilogy. As a result of the ruling, Anthony Joshua has to face his WBO mandatory, Oleksandr Usyk. And now, Tyson Fury has given a surprising take on the bout.

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Reports suggest that a deal between Joshua and Usyk is already in place for September 25 at the famous Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. While many have billed this as a close fight between two contrasting styles, Fury has had his say on the contest.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 01: Anthony Joshua in action during a training session during the Anthony Joshua Media Day at the English Institute of Sport on May 01, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The 30-0-1 boxer spoke to SecondsOut on YouTube after the press conference for his own fight. When asked about the possibility of Usyk beating Joshua, Fury said, “I don’t believe Usyk is a heavyweight for one. I just think he’s a pumped-up cruiserweight who struggles against heavyweights.”

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“In my opinion, Derek Chisora beat Oleksandr Usyk, and he struggled with Derek Chisora. And Joshua is a much bigger, stronger man than Derek. And I think he walks right through Usyk, to be fair.”

However, this comment from Fury will surprise fans as a few days ago, ‘The Gypsy King’ predicted Usyk would cause problems for AJ and that he handled Chisora. Therefore, fans will accuse Fury of being contradictory.

READ MORE: Why is Tyson Fury Called ‘The Gypsy King’?

Tyson Fury says Oleksandr Usyk could not even knockout cruiserweights

Usyk’s move to heavyweight came after he had cleaned out the cruiserweight division and become an undisputed champion. However, this does not impress Fury. ‘The Gypsy King’ questioned the Ukrainian’s power and said he could not even knock out the cruiserweights.

Fury said, “He didn’t have the power to halt cruiserweights… Mairis Briedis and whoever else he’s fought. So, he ain’t halting big AJ. 260 pounds of pure muscle and 6-foot-6, how’s he going to keep him off? He couldn’t hurt Derek Chisora [when] he hit him [Chisora] with his best shots on the chin.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 13: Oleksandr Usyk is pictured during the Oleksandr Usyk and Derek Chisora Press Conference at the Royal Institute of British Architects on March 13, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Thus, based on Fury’s comments, it is clear he feels Joshua’s power and size will be the defining factor. However, fans will take these comments with a pinch of salt given the champion’s previous comments on the matter.

What do you make of these comments from Tyson Fury? Do you think Anthony Joshua’s size will be too much for Oleksandr Usyk?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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