Billy Joe Saunders has warned Tyson Fury that he could be set for the fight of his life – at least for three or four rounds.
Fury sure has had some battles both in and out of the ring. Most famously his up-and-down trilogy with Deontay Wilder saw both men hit the canvas multiple times.
The Brit famously rose like The Undertaker in iconic fashion in the first fight to battle to a much-contested draw, then stopped Wilder in the ensuing two fights to win and retain his WBC crown in thrilling fashion.
Since then he has had more straightforward wins over countrymen Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora, but last time out was pushed much harder than he could have predicted by former UFC champion but boxing novice, Francis Ngannou.
Next up is the much anticipated and historic battle for all four belts with Oleksandr Usyk out in Saudi Arabia on February 17.
Speaking to Keep A LukeOut, former world champion and friend of Fury’s, Saunders was asked how good Usyk really is.
“I think he’s very good technically. I think he is probably one of the best technical fighters at heavyweight that we’re gonna see. He’s not on the biggest side. He’s got a bit bigger but in a way that might be a disadvantage.”
Saunders then explained that he foresees a tough few early rounds for Fury.
“From one to four will be the hardest rounds Tyson has ever had. But after that, Tyson is too big.”
Finally, he had a word of warning but ultimately predicted Fury would come out on top.
“I don’t want people hyping Tyson up as the biggest heavyweight puncher. No, you’re the best boxer on the planet.”
Let’s not have someone say walk him down you’re too big, too strong. [Usyk] knows a little bit too much for that. Sit back and enjoy it and 100% he will stop him as early as seven, eight or nine.”