British boxing legend, Ricky Hatton, has made his prediction ahead of the recently signed undisputed heavyweight title clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury and Usyk both received heavy criticism from the boxing world after their failed attempts to make the first ever four-belt heavyweight title bout in the Spring. However, to the surprise of many, both men put pen to paper for the fight last week, although there are still some sceptics doubting it’s sincerity.
In an interview with Mighty Tips, Hatton admitted that he could only see one outcome ahead of the historic showdown, if it does take place.
“When you think Tyson has the height, the reach, he can box southpaw, orthodox, stand there, sit in there and have a fight, he can sit and sway and move and make you miss off the back foot.
“He can lean, counterpunch, he does everything Usyk does and he’s got the strength and weight advantage. It’s not a foregone conclusion, but I can’t see anything other than a Tyson win.”
Hatton did however go on to outline why he believes that the Ukrainian could cause ‘The Gypsy King’ problems, with the Brit relatively untested against someone of Usyk’s size and style in recent years.
“He (Usyk) is the smaller man but what Tyson needs to do to adapt from his fights with Whyte, Wilder and his fight in Saudi Arabia, all he has fought is big lumps. All of sudden, he’s got a smaller man who might be a little bit nippy in and out, and probably causes another problem that Tyson might not have been used to for four or five years.
“I think Tyson wins, but the size difference against the smaller man causes problems he might not have had in the last four or five years.”
No official date for Fury-Usyk has been announced yet and the ‘The Gypsy King’ must first get through Francis Ngannou on October 28 in Saudi Arabia.