Dave Allen has weighed in on a potential undisputed heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk – and is backing the Brit to emerge with all four belts.
‘The White Rhino,’ who is set to return to action later this month, is better placed than most to predict the historic contest, having extensively sparred both men.
And, whilst full of praise for Usyk, Allen told Boxing UK that he believes Fury’s physical advantages will simply prove too great an obstacle for the Ukrainian to overcome, should the fight get made.
“I think Fury wins. I think he’s too big.
I sparred Usyk and, as brilliant as he was, he’s not a big unit. He’s not physically the strongest man in the world, and I think Tyson would get to him.
They’re both outstanding, the two best heavyweight talents of this generation.
But I’ll have to go for Tyson. I just can’t get away from the size difference, and it’s not even just in terms of height. He’s just much, much bigger.”
Allen’s view is a common one in the boxing world, that the huge difference in size and weight in favour of Fury would be the deciding factor come fight night
Unified world champion Usyk may get the chance to prove those doubters wrong, with talks reportedly progressing well between the two teams.
That said, there does appear to have been a slight stalling in proceedings as Fury is yet to agree a deal with representatives from Saudi Arabia, regarding his individual fee.
Team Usyk have reportedly already reached an agreement with the Saudis and are ready to put pen to paper for a meeting in April.
If Fury cannot do the same, there is talk the historic fight could land at Wembley Stadium.