Carl Froch and George Groves have weighed in with predictions for a potential undisputed clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, and it perhaps should come as no surprise that the two old rivals disagree with each other.
Froch took to social media to give his two cents for the fight, and stated that Fury’s unique combination of size and skill would simply prove too great an obstacle for Usyk to overcome.
“Tyson Fury is absolutely the best heavyweight in the world right now. Whoever you think is number 2, would not even come close to beating him.
“He’s too big, too strong, too skilful, has complete self belief when he climbs over that top rope and quite simply destroys anyone!”
Groves, however, sees the fight differently.
In an interview with Boxing UK, the former super middleweight world champion revealed he was backing Usyk to come out on top should the fight materialise, though admitted the size disparity was a concern.
“You’ve asked me the question that I have the unpopular opinion on. I’m such an Usyk fan. I don’t know if he is big enough to challenge Fury if Fury’s really on it and up for it.
“But, when it comes to ability, Usyk’s the best heavyweight in the world by a country mile, in my opinion. I don’t know. I’ll just go Usyk cause I’m an Usyk fan boy.”
Whether it’s Froch or Groves who proves to be correct in the end, fans will just be praying that Fury and Usyk do end up sharing a ring in 2023, especially given the disappointment of multiple other ‘mega fights’ collapsing over the past 12 months.
Promoter Bob Arum stated both men had agreed to fight each other in the first third of next year, with just a date and venue to be finalised.
Although the event is expected to land in the Middle East, the Top Rank boss did not rule out a return to Wembley Stadium for Fury, where he successfully defended his WBC title against Dillian Whyte in April.