Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has predicted that Tyson Fury will beat Oleksandr Usyk in the blockbuster heavyweight fight scheduled for 17 February 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Tyson was Francis Nganou’s trainer when the Cameroonian made his professional debut in boxing.
The former UFC champion was defeated in split decision by Tyson Fury when both men faced off recently in Saudi Arabia but attention has shifted to the grudge fight which was initially slated for December 23.
Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren at the time, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Tyson can’t be going into a camp after a tough fight like that. That’s eight weeks away.”
Ahead of the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO, WBC unification fight, Tyson spoke to Fight Hub TV on what to expect, insisting that the Gypsy King will overpower Usyk.
“Hey, we should [not focus on what Fury did against Ngannou], but you have to understand he is still the champion,” he told the boxing website.
“He made that night a great night. He gave Francis the opportunity and that was just a bad night at the office for him, we all have bad nights, and listen, that was his bad night,” Tyson enthused.
“I look forward to that fight (between Fury and Usyk). That is going to be an interesting fight, but I’m going towards Tyson Fury because I think he’s just going to overpower him – he’s going to catch up with him and overpower him.
“I got to go with Fury, I think he’s the best fighter in the world, especially in the heavyweight division. Great fighters lose, great fighters look bad, [but] that doesn’t stop them from being great fighters.”
Fury has a record of 34-0-1 while Usyk has fought 21 times winning all with 14 of them coming via knockouts.
Tickets for the Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk fight are already on sale.
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Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
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