Adam Booth, former trainer of David Haye and George Groves, has made his prediction ahead of the proposed undisputed heavyweight title fight, between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
Booth has grown a reputation as one of Britain’s top trainers, but also as being one of the most outspoken, earning him the nickname of ‘The Dark Lord’.
He currently boasts a stable including slick boxers such Michael Conlan, Josh Kelly and Ellie Scotney, however it is his experience of winning the heavyweight world title with David Haye shows his knowledge of the division.
With a new generation of heavyweights now at the forefront of the sport, and a first undisputed champion in the division since Lennox Lewis in 2000 set to be crowned, Booth offered his opinion ahead of one of the must-see fights of 2023.
In an interview with Boxing Social, Booth said:
“Normally, it is Usyk’s movement and rhythm that troubles the bigger fellas.
The thing about Tyson is that he is six foot nine, but mobile, with the longest arms in the division and I favour Tyson in that fight.
I love Usyk as well, I love watching him, but I just think we have weight divisions for a reason and heavyweights is a whole breed of itself. In that breed, Tyson stands alone in terms of physical stature and ability to move, because you don’t get guys that big, arms that long, that can move that well on their legs. I think that is going to be the problem for Usyk, he is just going to have a really hard night actually getting to Tyson.”
Back in 2021, Usyk joined Haye and Evander Holyfield in the exclusive club of fighters who have won cruiserweight and heavyweight world titles. However, with the first ever four-belt heavyweight title fight on the horizon, the Ukrainian could become just the second man to have been undisputed in both weight classes, alongside Evander Holyfield.