Tyson Fury Not Impressed With Oleksandr Usyk At Heavyweight
WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury isn’t exactly sold on Oleksandr Usyk.
Usyk has been making the transition from the cruiserweight division to the heavyweight division. After becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion, Usyk moved up to take on Chazz Witherspoon. Usyk won that bout after Witherspoon didn’t get off his stool for the eighth round.
In his most recent outing, Usyk took on Derek Chisora. While Usyk won the fight via unanimous decision, it wasn’t the performance that many were anticipating. Many believe that Usyk struggled at points in the fight where elite heavyweights didn’t against Chisora.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Fury expressed his belief that Usyk isn’t exactly putting fear in any top 15-ranked heavyweight.
“Did we see the best Oleksandr Usyk? I’m not sure. Did we see the best Oleksandr Usyk at heavyweight? I don’t know. But on that performance, I can say that none of the top 15 heavyweights out there are sweating Oleksandr Usyk at the moment, unfortunately. None of us are quaking. Is that it? Everyone’s like, ‘Is that what all the hype was about?’ This is the heavyweight game and heavyweights ain’t like they were years ago, and Chisora’s probably the smallest heavyweight out there. Being brutally honest, I think when he fights a big heavyweight who can punch a bit it’ll be like a lamb to slaughter.”
Usyk is the mandatory WBO Title challenger. He earned that status as he was the WBO Champion at cruiserweight. Anthony Joshua currently holds the WBO gold along with the WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO Titles. He’s hoping to hold off on a fight with Usyk to take on Fury, who holds the WBC Championship.