Despite Tyson Fury versus Oleksandr Usyk being one of the most sought after and intriguing fights in the sport, many pundits have picked a clear winner in the Morecambe man.
Those predictions tend to be based on the size and strength advantage he holds over the Ukrainian, who was undisputed at cruiserweight before moving up a division to gather all the titles once more. Fury, on the other hand, has always been a bonafide super heavyweight.
Former super-middleweight champion, George Groves, is one name in the sport who’s backing Usyk – at least tentatively. The British legend told Boxing UK that Usyk was the best heavyweight in terms of ability, but admitted that it was close, again likely due to the size disparity.
“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.”
Fans will hope they don’t have to wait too long until the debate can be settled in the ring.
Usyk was last out for his second consecutive victory over Anthony Joshua, one which cemented his status as WBA, IBF, WBO. IBO, and The Ring champion. He’s now seeking an undisputed fight with Fury, who holds the WBC belt, early next year.
With Fury’s formality fight against Derek Chisora now out the way, everyone seems on board, and it may not be long until fans can see whether ‘Saint George’ is correct, or if things will play out like his old rival, Carl Froch, predicts.