Amongst all the talk of Tyson Fury’s current form, Barry McGuigan has revealed the one attribute that ‘worries’ him about the WBC and lineal heavyweight champion of the world.
Some believe Fury is at a pivotal point in his career. He has plenty of standout wins including two knockouts and a draw against fearsome American puncher Deontay Wilder as well as a fine victory on away soil against Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 to lift his first world title.
Since then he has had more routine defences before an unlikely hard night’s work against UFC champion Francis Ngannou.
Fury won by split decision, which has led many, including his father, to question if he is in decline ahead of his historic undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk on February 17.
“Why would his father say that? He can’t change styles. Tyson is tall, rangy, fast hands, good fighter. Chin is suspect as we saw with Francis Ngannou. Because of the performance against Ngannou, this fight [with Usyk] is a much harder fight.”
McGuigan then explained why and highlighted Fury’s punch resistance as a concern.
“Usyk is quick, fast, low centre of gravity which is difficult for a tall guy. Of course, his performances are starting to level off, he’s on the decline, he’s not body beautiful, he never has been. He’s got quick hands but his chin, I’m worried about his chin. Usyk is exceptional, he could win, that wouldn’t at all surprise me.”