Ahead of a potential undisputed heavyweight fight, Tyson Fury claims that Oleksandr Usyk wants what he has and not the other way around.
It’s reported that when Usyk left the amateur ranks behind, he had a record of 335−15. As a professional, he’s undefeated in a campaign that has seen him collect all the belts in a good cruiserweight division and is just one away from doing the same at heavyweight.
The man who stands in the way of that is Tyson Fury. Rather than commend his future opponent, Fury played down the Ukrainian’s achievements to Queensberry, and he did it in typical Gypsy King style – referencing pants.
“All these people with all this Usyk stuff. What has he had 17, 18, 19 fights? I’ve had a lot more fights. I’ve had more knockouts than he’s got fights. I’ve won more belts than he’s got underpants in his cupboard. I’ve been in more big events than he’s probably got socks, as well. And that’s it.
He only wants what I have. They all want what the big GK has. Immortality.”
😅 “I’ve got more belts than he’s got underpants and been in more big events than he’s got socks.”@Tyson_Fury discusses a future fight with Oleksandr Usyk 👀
— Frank Warren (@FrankWarren) November 30, 2022
Fury – who currently holds the WBC belt to Usyk’s WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO – is a self-confessed master of mind games, and many fans will chalk this latest statement up to that.
One thing he is right about though is knockouts – and it ties in with a question about that fight that makes the match-up so intriguing. Despite dethroning Anthony Joshua, and beating him again for good measure, many in the sport believe that Fury presents a frame too big and too strong for Usyk to do the same in an undisputed fight.
On the other die of the debate, there are those who say that the Ukrainian’s speed and skillset are unlike anything Fury has faced in the ring.
We may only have to wait until March of 2023 until all questions are answered, and a king of the heavyweight division is crowned. First up, Fury takes on Derek Chisora on December 3.