Peter Fury has directed some high praise the way of Oleksandr Usyk, describing the Ukrainian as a “more rounded fighter” than his countryman Wladimir Klitschko.
When asked to draw comparisons between the two great champions, Fury was not hesitant to pour praise the way of Uysk
Speaking to Sky Sports, Fury said:
“Klitschko’s fought like a big men should, they were good fighters in their day.
But he’s a more rounded package is Usyk. He takes punches, he rolls with them, he slips in – he’s got all the skillset in the world.”
“He’s not just mastered one skillset and stuck to it, this guys got got multi gears in his closet and can turn the heat up and down.”
“He ticks all the boxes.”
Fury was speaking ahead of Usyk’s rematch with Anthony Joshua last year, where he produced another masterful performance to retain his unified heavyweight crown.
It seems Usyk will soon get the chance to repeat his achievements at cruiserweight, with a deal to face Tyson Fury for the undisputed heavyweight championship rumoured to be nearing completion.
The Olympic gold medalist was ringside to witness Fury’s win over Derek Chisora in December before ascending to the apron for a post fight face off that sent the boxing world into a frenzy.
Both teams have been positive that the historic fight will be next, with a date of March or April believed to be in the offing.
Multiple offers have been received to stage the event, with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – where Usyk’s rematch with Joshua took place – an early frontrunner.
If confirmed, Usyk vs Fury would be the first undisputed heavyweight world title fight since Lennox Lewis vs Evander Holyfield, all the way back in 1999.