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Boxing Match: In preparation for his rematch with Anthony Joshua, Peter Fury believes Oleksandr Usyk is the "genuine deal"
Boxing Match: In preparation for his rematch with Anthony Joshua, Peter Fury believes Oleksandr Usyk is the "genuine deal"
Boxing Match: In preparation for his rematch with Anthony Joshua, Peter Fury believes Oleksandr Usyk is the "genuine deal"
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Boxing Match: In preparation for his rematch with Anthony Joshua, Peter Fury believes Oleksandr Usyk is the “genuine deal”

Boxing Match: When he defeated Anthony Joshua in their first match in September and took home three of the four main heavyweight titles, Oleksandr Usyk quickly rose to the top of the heavyweight division.

Usyk, who was formerly the undisputed cruiserweight champion, had only boxed twice prior to this performance, making it all the more astounding. Before dominating Joshua, he transitioned to heavyweight with two understated fights, stopping Chazz Whitherspoon and outpointing Dereck Chisora.

Peter Fury, one of the nation’s top instructors who trains his son and heavyweight challenger Hughie Fury as well as Savannah Marshall, has not been surprised by his influence as a heavyweight.

“I’m not one of these to jump on the gravy train. I’ve always been impressed with Usyk, from a long time ago. I’ve always known Usyk was the real deal,” Fury told Sky Sports.

“He’s a good fighter Usyk, talented and he’s a natural fighter as well. That’s the difference. That’s why he’s a quality operator. This guy can box in his sleep. He’s born and bred to fight this Usyk. So he’s as real as it gets, he’s a proper fighter in my eyes.”

Usyk takes over as the greatest heavyweight from Ukraine after Wladimir Klitschko as the undisputed WBO, IBF, and WBA champion. Usyk, however, is a very unique kind of warrior.

“Klitschko fought like big men should, and was a good fighter in his day. This is a different time and Usyk is a rounded package. Not to say he’s better than them, they’ve had their time and I’m not saying that, but this guy is more of a rounded fighter,” said Fury, who trained his nephew Tyson Fury when he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko.

“He [Usyk] takes punches, he rolls with them, he slips in, he’s got all the skillset in the world. He’s not just mastered one skill set and stuck to it. This guy has got multi-gears in his closet and he can turn the heat up and down. He ticks all the boxes.”

Klitschko was famously defeated by Joshua. But he hasn’t yet been able to respond to every query Usyk might have. That doesn’t exclude him from getting his comeuppance in the rematch, though.

There’s plenty for Joshua to correct from the first fight too. The issue is whether he can. “It’s a big question,” Fury said. “He should do, he’s got different trainers and I’m sure they’ll input a lot into it.

“But ultimately when that bell goes as he raises his game and changes it, so will Usyk. Uysk will know what’s coming. So let’s see.

“Joshua could be a different fighter, let his hands go, close the range more and just think, ‘Right, let’s get stuck in.’ On the other hand, he could leave himself more vulnerable, more open and get caught. So again, it’s the way you see it.”

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