Two-time heavyweight world champion, Hasim Rahman, has had his say on the four-belt fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
Rahman shocked the world by beating Lennox Lewis in 2001, one of the highlights of a 62 fight career with 50 wins and 41 knockouts. He hung up the gloves in 2014.
Now, the former fighter is eager to see the undisputed bout between Fury and Usyk, and has made a prediction that must be considered in the minority.
Speaking to K.O. Artist Sports, ‘The Rock’ Rahman said that he believes the Ukrainian is all wrong for the Brit.
“Usyk possesses a whole host of problems that Tyson don’t want. He’s the boxer. Tyson likes to be the boxer, the elusive guy. He likes to tire these heavyweights out.
He’s not gonna do that with Usyk. It’s gonna be reverse, the opposite. He don’t want those kind problems. He wants his legacy intact and I think Usyk will disrupt that.”
“Usyk will out-Tyson-Fury Tyson Fury.”
When asked if that made Usyk the best heavyweight in the world, the former champ said not necessarily.
“I’m not saying that, I’m saying that I think he can beat Tyson Fury – but I think he might lose to Deontay Wilder. Styles make fights, and I think that a boxer is the worst style for Tyson Fury. Tyson Fury needs big broad brawlers.”
Fury and Usyk look all set to face off on April 29 and put all of these predictions to the test.
Despite contracts not yet being signed and the fight still unannounced, Fury’s final message before entering training camp was a positive one, and most fans have no question that Usyk will do whatever he can to make the fight happen.