Ricky Hatton: “Tyson Fury will beat Oleksandr Usyk”

01/16/2023 - No comments

TYSON FURY WILL BEAT OLEKSANDR USYK, IT’S HARD TO SEE ANOTHER RESULT

Ricky Hatton speaking to Mega Casino: “You know, you can’t dismiss Usyk, you know Olympic gold medalist, cruiserweight world champion, heavyweight world champion, you know what I mean? And I don’t want to write him off, I can’t write him off because obviously he is so talented and he might just have the style to beat Tyson. Personally, I don’t think so. I think Tyson is just so versatile and so much better in every area. He can fight Southpaw, he can fight orthodox, he can stand tall, he can fight at close quarters, do you know what I mean? He has a wonderful defense, he has hand speed, he switches hits.

He’s got speed and movement and boxing ability. He’s everything. He’s got everything Usyk has got and maybe a little bit more, and he’s bigger and he’s taller and he’s got the reach. For that reason it’s very hard to see anything other than a Tyson win. But I think all of us, if you turn around— If you put your hand on your heart and said, “Usyk’s got no chance”, I don’t think we could say he’s got no chance, but you’d have to favour Tyson, wouldn’t you?”

I DON’T KNOW WHY AJ LEFT ROB MCCRACKEN, I COULD HAVE CRIED FOR HIM DURING HIS MELTDOWN AFTER USYK DEFEAT

“Personally, I wouldn’t have left Robert McCracken, to be honest with you. The reason why I left Billy Graham was he had that many injuries happening to him, it made sense. I had to leave him, I didn’t have any choice. Billy, through no fault of his own, wasn’t the trainer he was a few years ago, he was just riddled with injuries, you know? So, that’s why I left Billy. But having said that, there was no reason for AJ to leave McCraken. Nobody knows him better than Robert McCracken, he’s been there with him from the Olympics, he’s been there with him for his first world title and that, so nobody knows him better than Robert McCracken.”

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“I was a little bit disappointed with his last team because when he got beat by Usyk, poor Anthony, he looked like he was having a bit of a breakdown in the ring. You know what I mean? He got the belts and he threw them out the ring. And he was going to the opposite corner to congratulate them and giving a fist bump and he was a little bit aggressive. And I thought to myself, somebody needs to get a grip of him maybe, he doesn’t look like he’s handling this really well. And then he got the microphone.

And I was watching it in Tenerife with my mates, and I was practically screaming at the TV saying, “somebody get the mic off him. Get the mic off him and put your arm around him and say, ‘come on, AJ, son, come on, come on, let’s get back to the changing room. Let’s regroup, mate.’” You know what I mean? But they didn’t. Your job as a coach is not just to do what those 12 three-minute rounds and when the final bell goes, that’s it your job’s done. No, your job is to look after your fighter until he leaves the venue. People don’t realise how much pressure you’re on at that high, bigger stage of a high profile of a fight. So, he’s obviously not taken it well, which sometimes we don’t. And I just think his team has just stood there and just let him carry on and carry on, carry on. Of course, I wish I could have jumped in the TV myself. “

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“Rob would have controlled the situation, all day long. But no, he let him chuck the belts over the ring, storm around the ring, scream and moan, and then get the mic and do all that. I could’ve nearly cried for him. He was having a really bad time with it.”

AJ NEEDS TO REBUILD AND THEN HE SHOULD AIM TO FIGHT DEONTAY WILDER

“I’d have a little bit of a rebuilding fight to get his confidence and no-one should complain about it.. He’s lost his last two fights against Usyk, which is no shame whatsoever. Another factor is how hard he took the defeat where we grabbed the mic and he took the belts out the ring and everything like that. So, obviously it affected him hard. So, don’t chuck him in at the deep end again. Give him someone a bit of a token, you know what I mean? And then go in for the Wilder fight. What he’s achieved is superhuman. Olympic gold medalist, two time heavyweight champion of the world, but none of us are superhuman, you know what I mean?”

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CONOR BENN IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, WE NEED HIM BACK IN THE RING

“I spoke to Connor by text a few weeks back, and he said, “hopefully we’ve got some good news coming through that’s going to clear my name. And it’s been a long time coming.” He said, “I’m a champion, Rick, like my dad was. We’re fighting people, aren’t we? And it’s been very, very hard for me” But he said, “I’m just around the corner now of clearing my name.” So, I went, “Oh, great. I’ll be made up for you, Conor, when you get that done.” So, if I’m listening right, it’s only hopefully a matter of time before Conor can clear his name and we can get the ball rolling again, because obviously he was probably the most exciting talent coming through in British boxing, his fights were so explosive just like his dad, like a throw throwback of his old man. And it was lovely seeing him improve. And it’s a shame that stumbling block, but you know, you’re innocent until proven guilty. He has been proven guilty, but he believes he can prove his innocence. So, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and then he can move on with his career then. So, yeah, it would be great to see Conor back.”



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