Oleksandr Usyk didn’t think highly of Tyson Fury‘s performance over Deontay Wilder on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Fury and Wilder had a back-and-forth fight in one of the best heavyweight boxing fights in recent memory. It was a phenomenal bout where both men were knocked down a couple of times, but in the end, it was Fury winning by 11th-round KO. Although many were entertained by the fight, Usyk wasn’t, according to his promoter Alex Krassyuk.
“I did, a couple of times,” Krassyuk said to Behind The Gloves on if he talked to Usyk about Fury’s win. “Most people who understand boxing say the same thing: great fight, but very poor boxing match. A spectacular, Spartan-style fight between two warriors, but boxing-wise it didn’t look good.”
When asked if that was his words of what Usyk said, he confirmed that is what the heavyweight champ thought.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah. He said, “It looked like two big guys came to the ring to kill each other”.’
Not only was Oleksandr Usyk not impressed with Fury’s win, but so too, was his promoter in Krassyuk.
“The thing I was surprised with was that it was a fight but not a boxing match. Deontay Wilder is a puncher and we did not expect much boxing skills from him. But the biggest surprise for me was Fury’s style, because according to what I saw Wilder was very tired after the fourth round and it took Fury almost six rounds, or even more, to finish the fight with a guy who was very tired,” Krassyuk said. “And during those six rounds he took some severe punches. I did like the atmosphere of the fight, but boxing-wise probably not the best match.
“If either of them [Fury or Wilder] come to Usyk in the shape they showed on Saturday night both have very small chances,” Krassyuk continued. “Some people say there is no chance [for Usyk] because Fury is so big and so strong and so heavy. Other people say that Usyk has all the chances because he’s so fast, he’s so small and he’s so skilled. That’s why we love boxing, that’s why we want those kind of matches to happen. From my perspective, if Fury comes to fight Usyk in the shape he fought Wilder, not the best option for him definitely, one hundred percent.”
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