Fury’s Former Opponent Cunningham Picks Usyk To Win

Steve Cunningham has backed Oleksandr Usyk to come out victorious against Tyson Fury

The Undisputed Heavyweight Championship takes place on May 18. Fury has pulled out twice, building the anticipation for the bout. The first pull out followed after his shaky performance against Francis Ngannou, when he scraped through with a split-decision win. The other followed after a big cut over his right eye in sparring. 

Usyk is equally coming off a not-so-impressive performance. Daniel Dubois knocked him down with a body shot in the fifth round, which was deemed a low blow. That allowed the Ukrainian to recover, as he stopped the Brit in round nine. Cunningham has been in the ring with Fury, dropping him to the canvas. While Fury recovered to stop Cunningham, the Gypsy King is on record saying Cunningham was his toughest fight. Based on what he has seen, Cunningham has picked Usyk to win. 

“I think Usyk wins by decision against Fury, though. Either that or Fury gets disqualified,” The American predicted. “Fury’s going to have to lean and lay all over Usyk to tire him down – as he does usually. “But I think the referee will be alerted to this before the fight [by team Usyk], and Fury will lose points,” Cunningham said

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Given Fury’s recent cut in sparring, it is a 50-50 fight. There are concerns that it may not heal in time, which Usyk could target. But Fury has shown his ability to rise to the occasion. He produced big performances against Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder, which nobody expected. The same thing could happen again. 

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