Usyk Will Beat Fury – Says George Groves

November 15, 2023
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In some boxing news, George Groves has picked Oleksandr Usyk to defeat Tyson Fury when the pair face off in an undisputed bout.

Both boxers remain undefeated as they aim to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since 1999 when Lennox Lewis achieved the feat.

The narrative coming into the fight is that Fury’s size may prove too much for Usyk to deal with even if he aims to close the distance. Although that may be the case, Groves has a different take on the matter.

The boxer has picked Usyk on the grounds that his boxing IQ will be too much for Fury to deal with, especially given that the Gypsy King has not faced top competition of late.

A win over Derrick Chisora last December, as well as an upcoming bout with Francis Ngannou may not be enough for Fury to prepare what Usyk will bring.

Groves On Fury-Usyk

“Usyk wins. I don’t think Fury’s run of fights serve him well to fight in January, say, because his last time out was Chisora, that was almost like a glorified spar. He’s got this fight coming up with a UFC fighter, who knows what your mindset is when you’re fighting someone who you know is inferior to you, so has he been training properly? Is he sharp? Has he had the right sparring?

“Usyk is exceptional at being able to change and adapt. His boxing ability is superior, in my opinion, to everyone else in the heavyweight division. What he lacks in natural size, he makes up for in timing, shot placement, adjustments of feet, tempo and power. It’s Usyk’s hardest fight, and it might be a close fight, but I think I think Usyk wins,” Groves

Fury’s Resolve

Nevertheless, Fury has shown that he does have the skills to rise to the occasion. Despite having not been in the best shape to face Deontay Wilder following his struggles with mental health and substance abuse, Fury secured a draw with Wilder before beating the American with two wins. And that was a testament to Fury’s resolve which will no doubt be tested moving forward against Usyk.

But the ‘Gypsy King’s previous comments show that he is prepared for come what may. His following comments confirmed as much.

“There ain’t ever been anyone who could beat me. You know why? My 6-foot-9 frame, 270-pound weight, can move like a middleweight, can hit like a thunderstorm and can take a punch like anybody else. I’ve got … the heart of a lion, the mindset of the Wizard of Oz,” Fury said

The bout, naturally, offers an intriguing match-up since one fighter will have to come up short. The winner becomes the best heavyweight of this era, while the other will be left to ponder the ramifications of his own loss. Time will tell how it all plays out moving forward.

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