Usyk Shows Off His Brutal Training For The Fury Fight
The boxers will come head-to-head in the biggest fight in boxing on February 17th, 2024. The winner will become the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world since Lennox Lewis achieved the feat in 1999 with a victory over Evander Holyfield.
The narrative heading into the fight is that Fury is a lot bigger and heavier than the Ukrainian. This could hamper his chances of winning, given the Gypsy King’s ability to impose his will on fighters. Fury’s second and third fights against Deontay Wilder had shown that. The WBC champion leant on the American numerous times before stopping him on both occasions.
Although Usyk is not the smallest of heavyweights, he is noticeably shorter compared to the six-foot-nine Fury. But in order to get in peak condition, Usyk has been putting in the hard yards. In the video below, the unified heavyweight champion throws a heavy ball on the floor and then repeats the process. It is clear that the Ukrainian is bulking up, which will be vital for him in keeping Fury from exerting the additional pressure.
That is crucial since the boxer’s manager, Egis Klimas, expects Fury to be the toughest fight of Usyk’s career. The WBC champion is also undefeated after having come back from mental health struggles to beat Deontay Wilder on two occasions for the belt.
In addition, Fury has shown that he does fight to the level of opposition that he is facing. His victory over Wladimir Klitschko had shown that as Fury caused one of the biggest upsets by beating the Ukrainian in his own backyard. Therefore, his lacklustre performance against Francis Ngannou must be taken with a pinch of salt. That is why Klimas expected a peak Fury.
Usyk’s Biggest Test
“It will probably be the hardest fight of Oleksandr`s career. He`s confident, but simultaneously he knows full well that there`s going to be a lot of work to do. He`s a hard worker, a good athlete and a very good fighter. It`s not going to be easy to get sparring partners, because Tyson Fury is very tall, with a long reach and he has a very awkward style and he`s heavy, so this is going to be the biggest challenge.
“But I have no doubts that Oleksandr is going to win. Factors will be his footwork, his intelligence, his boxing IQ. I wouldn`t even say Fury has big power. He has a lot of weight and he leans on fighters. That`s how he wears them down. But it won`t be easy to beat down Oleksandr,” Klimas said
A factor that could give Usyk an advantage is his lifestyle outside of the ring. The Ukrainian is known for being disciplined in between camps in compassion to Fury, who has on numerous occasions ballooned up in weight. While that has not prevented Fury from winning world titles, at the elite level for the undisputed championship, it could play a part.
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