Usyk Will Beat Fury ‘Quite Easily’ – ‘Fury Can Be Read’

April 8, 2024
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Usyk Will Beat Fury 'Quite Easily' - 'Fury Can Be Read'

Former boxer Duke McKenzie has picked Oleksandr Usyk to defeat Tyson Fury.

The Undisputed Heavyweight Championship takes place on May 18, with both men vying to become the best of their era. History is on the line, with the winner becoming the first Undisputed Heavyweight Champion since 1999. Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield to win all the belts. The build-up for the fight has been dominated by the delays.

The fight was first set for December 23 last year. However, Fury withdrew after suffering a tough fight against Francis Ngannou. The Gypsy King suffered cuts and bruises, resulting in the fight getting rescheduled for February 17.

After suffering a big cut over his right eye in sparring, Fury pulled out again. The new date has been set for May 18. The fight is seen as 50-50, with Fury’s cut levelling things up. There are concerns it won’t heal in time, giving Usyk a slight advantage. But McKenzie felt Usyk’s skills were too much for Fury to deal with.

Usyk vs Fury

“Usyk wins, I hate to pour cold water on anyone’s parade but for me, Usyk wins because he’s a much more complete all-round fighter. I don’t think Fury has boxed anyone like him and Usyk will be so up for this fight and a good Oleksandr Usyk probably hold his own with just about any heavyweight that’s ever lived… His ring IQ, he’s very intellectual, very sensible, he punches perfectly, he times himself perfectly, he can nullify the bigger guys’ size,” McKenzie said 

The question coming into the fight is how will Fury approach the bout. Since teaming up with SugarHill Steward, Fury has become a much more aggressive fighter. He stopped Deontay Wilder on two consecutive occasions, completely reversing his style against Wilder in the first fight.

Fury’s problem is that if he uses that style against Usyk, the Ukrainian could target that eye with his southpaw stance. But if he boxes off the back foot, Usyk has enough of an IQ to challenge Fury from that department. Fury will have to get the balance right to avoid making himself predictable. However, McKenzie saw Usyk working out Fury.

Fury’s Problem

“Fury can be read, you know what he’s going to do. He’s going to use his weight, he’s going to use his height and he’s going to try and lean on you, spoil you, push you back if he can, fiddle around, flick his jabs out, put a little combination together and then just keep leaning on you. You can read that quite easily, I think Usyk can read that quite easily. So for my money, if you can read Tyson Fury then you can beat him. The only problem Usyk will have is that Fury doesn’t know what he’s going to do from one minute to the next when he’s in the ring,” McKenzie added

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