Tyson Fury thinks the slick skills of Oleksandr Usyk will once again be too much for Anthony Joshua on August 20.
The World Heavyweight Title rematch takes place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 11 months on from their first encounter which Usyk won on points to bag the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.
That September night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium somewhat exposed Joshua who pitted his boxing IQ against that of Usyk’s which was always too smart for the 12 rounds.
Fury expects a repeat in eight weeks’ and told journalist Gareth A. Davies why:
“I just think that Usyk’s too cute for him. Too smart, too quick, and a southpaw.”
“And I think that [new trainer] Robert Garcia trying to train him to be on the front foot or whatever and be aggressive will only enable Usyk to land more often.”
With the war in Ukraine still going on Fury says it could be a good time to fight Usyk who joined his people in March to help his country defend against Russia.
“Everything’s up in the air. If ever he was gonna be off his ball, now would be the time.”
“But I just think Usyk’s too good of a boxer for AJ and I don’t think AJ’s got the ability to pressurise him for 12 rounds, drag him into a dog fight and knock him out.”
“You have to be an elite special human being for that, and I don’t think Joshua possesses that will to win to do that. He’s too easily happy to come second position. If you’re willingly setting for second, say no more.”