Shane McGuigan has weighed in on a potential undisputed heavyweight showdown between TYSON Fury and Oleksandr Usyk – and the trainer is backing Fury to come out on top, should the fight get made.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Toe2Toe Extra, McGuigan stated the he believes that Fury’s physical attributes would prove too much for Usyk, if ‘The Gyspy King’ implements the right game plan to negate the Ukranian’s unparalleled movement and technical ability.
“The way to beat someone with that movement is to fire into the body, keep it in the centre of the ring and keep him backed up. Usyk loves to command the pace and loves to command the centre.
If I’m Tyson Fury, I’m going to be using my size, using my physicality, wear him down and make him feel that weight advantage.
I’d say Fury wins on points.”
Although tipping Fury to get the victory, McGuigan certainly doesn’t rule out the Ukrainian walking away with all the belts:
“He’s [Usyk] got a very big chance because he’s got the ability to win and find a way to win. He’s got trick after trick and he can adapt and bring something new, but it’s whether he can sustain it for the 12.”
McGuigan was at Tottenham Hotspurs’ Stadium for Fury’s win over Derek Chisora at the weekend, where his charge Daniel Dubois stopped Kevin Lerena in the third round of the co main event, after riding out an early crisis where he was down three times in the first round.
That was the last of any real drama for the evening, however, as Fury would remain in complete control for the entirety of the main event. Despite many observers feeling the contest should have been stopped earlier, Chisora managed to last until the tenth round before referee Victor Laughing put the 38 year old out of his misery.
Talks for a historic bout between the pair are said to be progressing well, with a lucrative site fee from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reportedly already received.