Usyk Set to Humble Fury: Tony Bellew’s Bold Expert Prediction

By Tim Smith - 05/15/2024 - No comments

Tony Bellew, a former world champion who’s had the pleasure of being schooled by Oleksandr Usyk, is putting his money on Usyk to dismantle WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury this Saturday night.

Usyk is leagues above the human punching bags Fury’s management has been lining up for him for almost a decade. This is a major step up for an aging fighter whose chin has seen better days.

  • Fury’s legendary struggles with opponents that wouldn’t even make Usyk break a sweat.
  • The brain-rattling beatings Fury took from his trilogy with Deontay Wilder.

Fury’s punch resistance is laughably questionable. As Bellew bluntly puts it, Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) has been shaken by lesser men than Usyk, and that’s going to be a disaster for him against a true master of the sport.

The wreckage from his Wilder fights, where he found himself tasting canvas and unconsciousness, leaves him ripe for the picking against a pumped-up southpaw like Usyk.

  • The Gypsy King’s latest diet fad: Fury has shed pounds faster than a reality TV star, thanks to back-to-back training camps. Too bad this rapid weight loss, after years of being a heavyweight in every sense, might leave him with a weaker jaw.
  • Out-of-shape history: An athlete who’s been more about pies than punches now has to grind hard to be competition-ready—a decade late and a donut short. It’s not looking bright for Fury.
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Fury will probably get tagged more than ever in his career, and that’s not a good look for a fighter with more miles on him than a used car.

Bellew is convinced that IBF/WBA/WBO champion Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs) is just too slick for Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) and will take the decision. He’s sure that as long as there’s no referee magic, Usyk will win in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

“Fury has proven he can be hit and hurt by fighters far below Usyk’s level, which is worrisome against such an accurate opponent,” Tony Bellew told DAZN Boxing News.

Not only Wilder, but even cruiserweight Sam Cunningham knocked Fury down years ago.

“Fury will try to use his size and strength to dominate, but I think Usyk’s skill will prevail, and he’ll win on points, adding another impressive victory to his record.

“As long as the judges are fair, this fight belongs to Usyk on points,” Bellew predicted.

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Fight Details

  • Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • Start Time: 10:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM PT (USA), 3:00 AM BST (UK)
  • Streaming Details: Live on DAZN PPV
  • Venue: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


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