Usyk Expects Fury To Be On His A-Game When They Fight

November 15, 2023
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In the latest boxing news, Oleksandr Usyk expects Tyson Fury to be at the peak of his powers when they face off for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world next year.

The duo were set to square off on December 23rd, 2023, only for those plans to be pushed back after Fury’s win over Francis Ngannou.

Despite beating the former UFC heavyweight champion, who was making his boxing debut, the fight was a lot tougher than expected.

The Gypsy King was sent to the canvas in the third round with a left hook as he scraped the win on the scorecards via a split decision.

In the aftermath, there were concerns that Fury’s form may never be the same. Meanwhile, others simply felt it was a case of Fury overlooking Ngannou.

Despite this being the case, the boxer was clear that he did train to his full capacity, shutting down any rumors that he had taken things lightly.

Regardless of what the case may be, Usyk was clear that Fury would be on his A-game.

Usyk On Fury

“I think that Tyson Fury underestimated Francis Ngannou. He will be different with me. I think he will make some conclusions after his last fight. But again, I absolutely don’t care about how he’ll behave. What I care for is how I will behave. Ngannou did a good job in the gym. Then showed a good level on the ring. Very few people believed in Ngannou. Even when I was asked about him I replied that he’s not enough.

“He is big, complicated, strong. But, I am slightly smaller, and I have an incredible motivation, and I’m hungry for boxing. I’m not motivated by money. I don’t care about material things. I care for the path I follow. I was [working for] this for 20 years. And I think that in February, we’ll hear the bell,” Usyk said

Nevertheless, those in the boxing community have questioned whether that will be the case. George Groves was on record stating that he does not believe that Fury will go through with the fight.

Fury’s Form

Groves questioned whether Fury had the hunger to take on a dangerous fight at this late stage of his career, given the earnings he has amassed.

Meanwhile, Johnny Nelson felt that the boxer no longer had the legs to compete at the highest levels. After all, Fury has been through three tough fights with Deontay Wilder.

“Tyson Fury is the only person that was not professional. So, he was either unprofessional, or Tyson Fury is starting to slip, and his legs have gone. Tyson Fury, his movement, if you’re saying you trained, then your legs are gone. I’m saying something that nobody has actually picked up on,” Nelson stated 

Ultimately, these questions will be answered on fight night. And given Fury’s ability to raise his game based on the level of opposition that he is facing, the Gypsy King will still be a feared opponent. Find all the latest boxing news and MMA breaking updates on boxingblitz.