Ricky Hatton has picked a winner in the undisputed fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk – one that’s heavily expected to be next but isn’t yet announced.
The fight, if made, will see Fury’s WBC belt pitted against Usyk’s IBF, WBA, and WBO titles to crown a sole champion in the heavyweight division.
The former two-weight world champion told Mega Casino that he’s backing his old pal, Fury, for the win.
“You know, you can’t dismiss Usyk, you know Olympic gold medalist, cruiserweight world champion, heavyweight world champion, you know what I mean? And I don’t want to write him off, I can’t write him off because obviously he is so talented and he might just have the style to beat Tyson.
Personally, I don’t think so. I think Tyson is just so versatile and so much better in every area. He can fight southpaw, he can fight orthodox, he can stand tall, he can fight at close quarters, do you know what I mean? He has a wonderful defence, he has hand speed, he switch hits.”
Hatton continued to compliment Fury, adding size and strength into the mix – something many in the sport are pointing too to be the deciding factors in the fight – but was keen to not count Usyk out completely.
“He’s got speed and movement and boxing ability. He’s everything. He’s got everything Usyk has got and maybe a little bit more, and he’s bigger and he’s taller and he’s got the reach. For that reason it’s very hard to see anything other than a Tyson win.
But I think all of us, if you turn around— If you put your hand on your heart and said, “Usyk’s got no chance”, I don’t think we could say he’s got no chance, but you’d have to favour Tyson, wouldn’t you?”
For Hatton’s prediction, as well as the countless others, to be put to the test, a location and date for the fight must be announced.
The latest update from Fury’s side was that time was of the essence, so if it’s happening in spring as promised, something official should come soon.