“Fury will be different…” Oleksandr Usyk predicts that he won’t be fighting the version of Tyson Fury that fought against Francis Ngannou

Oleksandr Usyk predicts that Tyson Fury will prepare intensively for the undisputed title fight.


“Fury will be different…” Oleksandr Usyk predicts that he won’t be fighting the version of Tyson Fury that fought against Francis Ngannou

Oleksandr Usyk spoke about Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou (image credit- Reuters, Eurosports)

Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury are set to fight for the undisputed heavyweight title on May 18. The fight was initially supposed to happen on February 17, but it got postponed after Fury sustained an injury. As such, both fighters have now received extra time to prepare for their highly anticipated bout. Furthermore, Fury has already shown a significant body transformation compared to his last fight against Francis Ngannou

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This body transformation reflected how ‘The Gypsy King’ took this fight seriously. Many people believe that the undefeated champion underestimated Ngannou and did not deserve to win the fight. However, Fury’s unremarkable performance did not boost Usyk’s confidence in any way. During an interview with Seconds Out, Usyk stated he was still vigilant about his opponent.

I think Fury when boxing with Ngannou, 'It's a UFC guy, blah blah blah,' or, 'I win, it's an easy fight, blah blah blah.' Maybe it's true, maybe not. But, Fury will be different with me. 
Oleksandr Usky via Seconds Out

The interviewer stated that people might not give Usyk credit for defeating Fury after his performance against Ngannou. The Ukranian responded by stating that he doesn’t expect to fight the Fury that fought Ngannou in October 2023. Many believed Fury underestimated Ngannou when they fought. Moreover, it was confirmed when Anthony Joshua destroyed Ngannou in under two rounds.

Usky believed the situation has changed now. ‘The Gypsy King’ continues to prepare well ahead of their undisputed title fight in May. Nevertheless, nothing changes for Usyk. He remains well-prepared to face the best version of Fury. As such, he aims to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion in over two decades.

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Oleksandr Usyk forgives Anthony Joshua 

Usyk and Anthony Joshua met inside the ring twice, and AJ lost to him both times. Furthermore, Usyk became the unified heavyweight champion after defeating Joshua. AJ got very emotional after his second loss to Usyk and ended up having an awkward post-fight moment. As such, Joshua took the mic, gave an awkward speech, and even snatched Usyk’s flag. 

Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Francis Ngannou
Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua (image credit- Marca)

AJ recently spoke about this and stated that he was not perfect. However, Joshua revealed that he has not directly apologized to Usyk but has conveyed the message through Wladimir Klitschko. During his interview with Seconds Out, Oleksandr Usyk revealed his true feelings about the situation.

Listen, I have no bad feelings about Joshua because I respect this man. 
Oleksandr Usyk via Seconds Out

Furthermore, Usyk mentioned that he respects Joshua because he is a great boxer, Olympian, and two-time world champion. In addition, Usyk understood that Anthony Joshua became emotional after his loss and got carried away at the moment. Hence, the unified champion revealed that he does not hold any grudges against Joshua and respects him. 

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