Mike Tyson believes that if Oleksandr Usyk wants to beat Tyson Fury, he must stand his ground and fight – something the heavyweight legend feels won’t pay off for him.
The Brit and the Ukrainian have the potential for the first four-belt title clash in the division, crowning one champion for the first time since Lennox Lewis graced the ring.
Many pundits and fighters predict a Fury win due to the size difference, Usyk being a former cruiserweight, but Tyson, 56 – who was is the youngest heavyweight champ in history – doesn’t believe size will be the defining factor in the fight.
Instead, he thinks that the judges won’t appreciate the Ukrainian boxing and moving, and his downfall will come when he stops and is caught by Fury. ‘Iron’ Mike told iD Boxing News that it will happen sooner or later.
“He [Usyk] can’t fun forever. Tyson’s gonna get him in the corner, he’s gonna get him with some punches, and he’s gonna hurt him eventually. He’s gonna run all night. He has to stay and fight to win the fight.
At some particular time he’s gonna have to stand and fight. He can’t run and box all night – they’re not gonna give him the decision, now with Tyson. They want to see some fighting. After watching him and Deontay Wilder in a fight, they ain’t gonna go for no running and hitting.”
Unsurprisingly, Tyson has picked his namesake to win the undisputed bout should it happen, believing Fury is unbeatable within the current crop of heavyweight.
If the heavyweight hall of famer wants them to meet in the middle of the ring and trade, first they must meet at the negotiating table – something that’s still not completed despite talks beginning last December.
Recent comments from both camps don’t bode well for the fight going ahead as planned on April 29, but iD Boxing News