Johnny Nelson has weighed in on a potential undisputed heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
Former cruiserweight champion Nelson told Sky Sports Boxing that the onus is on Usyk to prove he can find way to overcome the huge physical advantages boasted by Fury.
Usyk is thought to be one of the most intelligent boxers around, however Nelson boldly thinks Fury will be ‘too smart’, even for the Ukrainian.
“In my opinion, I’d say Tyson Fury wins. Too big, too strong, too smart – in and out of the ring.
I think it’ll be lost in translation if he tries any of the old mind games, Usyk won’t be aware of that. But fighting is about the build up to it, the mental aspect and how you approach it.”
Tyson Fury has proved himself to be a fully fledged fighting man, and a big one at that. So it’s Usyk who has to prove that now matter how big Fury is, he can make him fall.
But I’m going Tyson Fury on this one.”
Promoter Bob Arum confirmed this week that both men have agreed terms for a fight in the first third of 2023, with just a date and venue to be finalised, and that an official announcement could be made before the end of the year.
The legacy defining fight is expected to land in the Middle East after Arum stated that multiple lucrative site fee offers have been received to stage the fight, however admitted a meeting at Wembley Stadium was also a possibility.