Many feel that Tyson Fury is approaching his toughest test yet against Oleksandr Usyk, and his father John Fury has offered some words of wisdom to his son, as he prepares to tackle and defeat one of the best boxing brains in the game.
Fury is the WBC heavyweight champion, and is all set for his undisputed battle against WBA, IBF and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk when they meet in Saudi Arabia on February 17th.
The ‘Gypsy King’ become a two-time champion when he partnered up with SugarHill Steward and adopted the ‘Kronk Style’ to spectacularly take the fight to Deontay Wilder in their rematch, scoring a knockout that will be spoken of for generations to come.
However, in an interview with Boxing Social, John Fury explained that Fury must stay away from his newly-mastered aggressive approach and adapt his style once again if he is to become the first man to defeat Usyk.
“He needs a different style all-together with Usyk, he’s totally different. If you go back to, many years ago, you can watch it on the internet, it’s Gerry Cooney-Michael Spinks and Michael Spinks is a blown-up light-heavyweight weighing just over fourteen stone at the time.
Gerry Cooney is six-foot-seven, eighteen stone, look what happened. These are speed-men, you just can’t have that straight-up, going forward, looking to land a bomb on these kind of fighters because guess what? They can see it coming and they will avoid it.
“Usyk is very good, he is a good mover, he’s got a brain, he’s got good footwork and the style for Deontay Wilder and Francis Ngannou isn’t going to cut it for a man like Usyk.”
Fury has shown that he is capable of out-boxing masterminds in the past, most notably in his win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, but it remains to be seen if he is still capable of producing another boxing masterclass against Usyk.