Tyson Fury is more than willing to fight the undefeated two-division champion who beat the other star British heavyweight twice.
The unbeaten WBC champion just doesn’t expect to get the credit Fury feels he’d deserve for becoming opponent to hand Oleksandr Usyk his first loss. Fury expects to face Ukraine’s Usyk after he defeats Dereck Chisora for the third time December 3 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, either late in February or early in March.
The 34-year-old Fury discussed the complaints he believes he’ll hear after he beats Ukraine’s Usyk during an interview with Queensberry Promotions’ Dev Sahni in a video posted Tuesday to the YouTube channel for Frank Warren’s company.
“And I’ll tell you now what people are gonna say when I splatter Usyk,” Fury said. “They’re gonna say, ‘He was too small! It was a mismatch! He was never any good to Tyson. It was a mismatch.’ Whatever. And then we move on.”
The 6-foot-9 Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs), who has weighed as much as 277 pounds for his title fights in recent years, would have significant height and weight advantages over Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) if they fight to become boxing’s first fully unified heavyweight champion of the four-belt era.
The 6-foot-3 Usyk weighed in at 221½ pounds for his rematch with Anthony Joshua three months ago. The 6-foot-6 Joshua officially weighed 244½ pounds, but the 35-year-old Usyk out-boxed him again and won a 12-round split decision August 20 at Jeddah Superdome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Fury stopped 6-foot-4, 253-pound Dillian Whyte in the sixth round of his last fight, which took place April 23 at Wembley Stadium in London. In his previous fight, Fury knocked 6-foot-7, 238-pound Deontay Wilder cold in the 11th round in October 2021 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“How am I gonna get credit for beating a man half me size?,” Fury said in reference to Usyk. “It’s all for me to lose and nothing to gain. ‘Oh, he beat a guy half of his size. Oh, [Usyk] beat the bodybuilder [Joshua]. Yeah, well you say the bodybuilder’s a bodybuilder, son. He ain’t no boxer.’ I said, ‘We’ll see. Proof’s in the pudding.’ ”
Most sportsbooks have made Manchester’s Fury a 25-1 favorite over London’s Chisora (33-12, 23 KOs), whom Fury has already beaten twice. The former IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO champion won’t be nearly as much of a favorite versus Usyk, but the brash Brit believes he’ll defeat the former undisputed cruiserweight champion relatively easily.
“Usyk will be a walk in the park,” Fury said. “I’ll butcher him.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.