It’s not long until the heavyweight division will have its first undisputed champion in almost a quarter of a century and now the trainer of a former unified title holder has made his prediction for Tyson Fury versus Oleskandr Usyk.
The fight is set to take place as part of Riyadh season in Saudi Arabia on February 17. It arrives a little later than first planned because Fury very nearly slipped up against Francis Naggnou back in October.
One of his sparring partners from that camp has admitted Fury was off it, though he managed to come through the fight against the boxing novice with a split decision win. In light of that, he has taken extra time to recover and get in camp for the huge fight.
The man in the other corner has had no such slip-ups: his last three fights have seen him dethrone unified king Anthony Joshua, beat him again a year later to retain all three belts, and then defend against another big-hitting Brit in Daniel Dubois back in August of 2023.
Speaking to Seconds Out, Manny Robles, who guided Andy Ruiz Jr to an epic upset victory over Joshua in Madison Square Garden back in 2019, was asked for his prediction.
“Man, you’re only as good as your last fight. That Tyson performance wasn’t his best to date and then Usyk has been looking better and better, sharper and shaper, so I will have to pick Usyk.”
It is a sign of what a good matchup it is that both Fury and Usyk have many people picking them to win, and one man who should know is Joshua, who has come down in favour of a win for the Ukrainian southpaw.