Oleksandr Usyk lashes out at Tyson Fury as heavyweight ramps up his battle of words
Oleksandr Usyk lashes out at Tyson Fury as Ukrainian insists ‘only he claims he’s king of kings’ as newly crowned heavyweight champion says he CAN beat the Gypsy King in a massive unification match
- Oleksandr Usyk has a swipe at fellow heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. taken
- The Gypsy King defended his title this month while Usyk holds the other belts
- Usyk says that ‘only he’ [Fury] claims he is king of kings in a dig at his rival
- It is hoped that the pair will meet in a massive unification battle later next year
Oleksandr Usyk has stepped up his battle of words with heavyweight rival Tyson Fury, claiming that only the WBC champion sees himself as a ‘king’.
Fury – whose nickname is The Gypsy King – defended his WBC crown earlier this month after beating Deontay Wilder in a thrilling 11-round match in Las Vegas.
The 33-year-old is expected to then face mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte before setting his sights on a reunion match against the winner of Usyk’s rematch with Anthony Joshua.
Oleksandr Usyk has a swipe at fellow heavyweight champion and rival Tyson Fury. taken
The wily Ukrainian is expected to face Joshua after a masterful performance in Tottenham last month to win the WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF titles.
While there has been little back and forth between Usyk and Fury, the former cruiserweight champion has turned it on to the Gypsy King, insisting he can beat the undefeated giant of 6ft9ins.
When asked if he can see a fight with Fury further down the line, Usyk told The Sun: “Yeah, of course I consider this fight to be a huge fight. I see him as a very good fighter, a good athlete, he talks a lot, he has a tongue.
The Gypsy King, 33, defended his WBC crown this month after beating Deontay Wilder
Usyk says only Fury ‘claims to be king of kings’ in dig at undefeated Brit
“He claims to be the king of kings, but he alone thinks so. That’s all I can say about him.’
Although Usyk demonstrated to Joshua that he is the most technical boxer in the heavyweight division, many fans and pundits consider Fury their favorite to triumph and win all titles.
Still, the Cat has warned his doubters to write him off at their own risk.
“Before my fight with Joshua, everyone said I had no chance of winning and beating Joshua,” he said.
“I’ve heard things like that all my life, but I’m able to beat Fury because I’m not bragging that I can punish and beat every boxer in the world, but I just go to the gym and do my job.
“I train hard, I work hard, I do everything I can. I’m not trying to present myself as the king of the universe.
The former cruiserweight champion believes he has the formula to beat Fury next year
Usyk has warned his doubters to write him off at his own risk if he met Fury in the future
‘I do what I have to do. I concentrate and I am focused and I get the result according to my effort.’
Fury, however, would be a whole new challenge for Usyk. The 33-year-old was noncommittal when pressured on his mind about Fury’s unpredictability.
“I can’t say much about his style, because every fighter has his own style according to his own abilities and his own inclinations.
“So I think the most important thing is that his style gets him the wins.
‘That is the most important. Some people like it, some people don’t. But he is successful.’