Fan favourite, Dave Allen, has offered his prediction for a potential undisputed clash between Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury.
The Doncaster heavyweight, who has recently announced a return to the ring, has sparred both men in the past, and has a unique insight into their preparation and styles.
In fact, the 20-5-2 fighter’s decision to retire from the sport back in 2020 was partly influenced by a brutal sparring session with the Ukrainian champion that left him concussed.
Speaking to Boxing UK, ‘The White Rhino’ revealed that he had been told by Usyk’s team that he would be brought back in for training camp if the Fury fight was signed.
“They did tell me if they fought Fury I would be brought over because stylistically I’m perfect for Fury. So that tells you how I box in the gym compared to how I fight in the ring.
So, if the fight happens that will be a couple of interesting phone calls – one from them to me and me to Tyson saying ‘I’m going to go to Ukraine, mate, if you don’t mind.'”
As for the fight, and despite perhaps assisting the Ukrainian in the build up, Allen can’t see past a Tyson Fury victory – calling the Morecambe man too big and too special.
“I think Fury wins to be honest. 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. I think Tyson would get to him.”
“They’re both outstanding. Two best talents of this generation I think, as heavyweights. As special as Usyk is, Tyson, being around him as I have over the years, he’s just a special fella really. He has vibes of other special athletes that can just do everything.
Usyk is probably in the same bracket, but can’t get away from the size difference, cause it is massive.”
Whilst there hasn’t been an announcement yet as to a date and venue, fans are still confident that the undisputed bout takes place early in the spring of this year.