Tony Bellew reveals why he is picking his old opponent Oleksandr Usyk to defeat Tyson Fury

Former WBC World cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew spoke with Spinbet about how he has no doubt of Oleksandr Usyk beating Tyson Fury ahead of their undisputed showdown on Saturday, May 18.

“The Bomber” began by praising the man he fully expects to lose on Saturday night in Saudi, “I tip my hat off to Tyson Fury, he looks in great shape, but it still doesn’t make me change my mind as I still think he loses to Oleksandr Usyk.

“I think he loses on points and as long as Usyk doesn’t get shafted (by the scorecards), he wins comfortably.”

The 41-year-old from Liverpool explained why he’s backing his former foe, “On the technical side of things, Tyson Fury has always struggled with smaller movers and is horrendous when it comes to counterpunchers. If you go on the backfoot against Fury, he is lost.

“A complete boxing novice in Francis Ngannou when on the backfoot against Fury and caused him all kinds of problems. And I mean a raw, complete novice in Francis Ngannou. He gave him fits which is crazy to think a man with a boxing record of 0-0 went in there and pushed the heavyweight champion of the world to the absolute limit. Some people even think he won. You can’t really dispute that.

“A lot of people think Francis Ngannou is at 1-1 and his first fight he defeated the lineal heavyweight champion of the world. Thankfully, he didn’t get it but to a lot of people think he won and Ngannou definitely had the morale victory that night if anything.

“But against Anthony Joshua, he took somebody on who didn’t take him lightly or think it would be a walk in the park and got dealt with accordingly.”

Back to the main event, which will crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion of this millennium, Bellew continued, “As for Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk, this is a completely different ball game. Both guys know what is on the table, both guys are fully prepared for each other and have a lot of footage to study each other.

“I don’t think Tyson Fury is keen on the footage side of things or studying fighters, but I think Usyk will. He will pay attention to every single detail possible and will leave no stone unturned.

“The hardest thing for Usyk is preparing for somebody like Fury because he is a unicorn – nobody has ever been seen like him before. Six-foot-eight, 20 stone, moves like a light heavyweight, has really good footwork, doesn’t take the greatest shot but then against Usyk isn’t the biggest of punchers… well that’s coming from someone who nearly got his head took off by him but I was so tired my Nan could have took my head off at that stage but he was the one who made my that tired, ultimately.”


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