American heavyweight prospect, Jared Anderson, has announced the two fighters he believes can defeat the unified champion, Oleksandr Usyk.
Usyk extended his unbeaten professional record to 21-0 with a third defence of his WBA, WBO and IBF titles this past weekend, defeating Daniel Dubois by ninth-round stoppage.
Subsequently, the undisputed title bout with Tyson Fury is back in the headlines, with many suggesting that the showdown could finally take place in Saudi Arabia in early 2024.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Anderson explained that there are only two current fighters capable of defeating the Ukrainian mastermind.
“Usyk is a very, very smart fighter. For every problem that you answer, I feel like he has another one waiting for you. A trap door set for you. He can take a hell of a punch too. You’ve got to be able to answer his punch with your punch also.”
“You need a plan A through to Z. You need more than just three or four plans,”
“One hundred per cent [I can set traps]. I have the speed and the intelligence to do both. My speed is tricky enough, but me setting the traps on top of it will equal out what we have together. I think Tyson Fury is one [who can beat Usyk]. I also think I’m another.”
Fans will likely contain their excitement about Fury-Usyk given the collapse in talks back in Spring. However, a controversial fifth round against Dubois could be enough to tempt Fury into accepting terms for a historic fight.
There’s an other obstacle now too, with Filip Hrgovic next in line for the slick 36-year-old southpaw due to his position as the mandatory challenger with the IBF.