“People say to me, ‘he’s too small,’ and this and that. But the guy [Usyk] is bigger than Muhammad Ali, he’s bigger than Mike Tyson, and he’s bigger than Holyfield,” said Tyson Fury to The Mirror.
“All those guys, big, same size, and the same weight. He’s definitely a good fighter. Joshua’s got a tough fight, you know,” he said. “Usyk is no mug,” said Fury.
We saw Joshua get knocked out by the non-puncher Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019, which shows that he’s vulnerable against ANYBODY in the division.
Usyk can punch at least as hard as Ruiz with his left hand, and that makes him a serious threat to Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs).
Joshua will be defending his IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles against Usyk this Saturday night at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in London.
Although Joshua has been installed as a heavy favorite to win, many bettors put their money on Usyk to win on Saturday.
Joshua has always been a shaky champion from day one, and his opposition has primarily been mediocre during his career. The only proper names on Joshua’s resume are Wladimir Klitschko and Dillian Whyte.
“Do I want him to win? Definitely,” said Fury about him openly pulling for Joshua to win.
“Because it doesn’t make much sense in me beating Usyk up. I’d much prefer to beat Joshua up. It’s a bigger fight, and people want to see it more.
“If Usyk does, then he will cost us a few quid, won’t he? Then again, we have lost plenty of money in the past, so it doesn’t really matter, does it? There’s plenty to go around.”
The money is much better for Fury if he faces Joshua than taking on Usyk. Against Joshua, Fury can make $80 million potentially, and in a fight with Usyk, Fury would be lucky to get a fifth of that total.