• Tuesday, July 23, 2024
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Boxing promoter predicts winner of Fury vs Usyk fight

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Frank Warren, promoter of Tyson Fury, is confident that Fury will emerge victorious in the upcoming bout against Oleksandr Usyk, predicting a knockout victory for the undisputed heavyweight championship clash, particularly by attacking Usyk’s body.

While acknowledging Usyk’s potential strategy to target Fury’s previous cut, Warren remains steadfast in his belief that Fury will prevail. Despite Fury’s past cut against Otto Wallin, Warren notes that Fury overcame it convincingly to win the fight.

Well, I would,” Frank Warren told Sky Sports. “Of course he will [try to do that].”

But Warren, who co-promotes Fury, doesn’t believe Usyk will be able to derail the WBC champion.

“He had a worse cut against [Otto] Wallin,” the promoter pointed out. “Tyson had a dreadful cut in that fight and won the fight convincingly with a bad cut, a real bad cut.”

Fury has repeatedly shown his ability to deal with a crisis, rising for instance from knockdowns against both Deontay Wilder and Francis Ngannou more recently to preserve his unbeaten record.

“He’s got plan A, plan B and a plan C and more importantly, he’s got a big heart,” Warren said.

If anyone is going to take advantage of a vulnerability in this fight, he is convinced it will be Fury.

“One thing about Tyson, if he senses a crack or sees any weakness, he’s the biggest exploiter of it and that’s why it’s going to be such an exciting fight,” Warren said.

“On the other hand, Usyk might feel from the Ngannou fight there are some things that he can exploit and I’m sure he will. He’s a competitor.

“He’s a competitor from amateur days right up until the present day. He’s done everything that’s been asked of him.”

But Warren believes Fury will hurt Usyk to the body: “His Achilles’ heel, as I’ve said, and I’m surprised the so-called experts never picked up on it, has always been his body. Daniel Dubois, that’s what he was trained for, to go and exploit that and he nearly pulled it off.”

“I think Tyson will knock him out,” Warren said. “Like I predicted he would knock out Wilder in the second fight. I fancy him to do that.

“I think he’ll stop him but I think it going to be a real, real exciting fight while it lasts.

“You have got two undefeated fighters, the best of their generation and we’ll find out who is the real deal on the 18th.”

Fury’s resilience in facing adversity, evident in his comeback from knockdowns against opponents like Deontay Wilder and Francis Ngannou, further bolsters Warren’s confidence in his fighter. Warren emphasizes Fury’s strategic versatility and his ability to exploit any perceived weakness in his opponents.

While acknowledging Usyk’s competitive spirit and potential strategies, Warren believes that Fury will capitalize on Usyk’s vulnerability to body shots, citing Daniel Dubois’ attempt to exploit this weakness in Usyk’s previous fights.