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Tyson Fury: finally ready, but does it matter? – Boxing News 24


Social media fans are praising Tyson Fury's fitness ahead of his fight against Oleksandr Usyk on May 18.

It's great that Fury is finally taking his training seriously after nearly a decade of being stocky, but he still has a job to do against the talented unified heavyweight champion Usyk on May 18th.

Trade fat for boxing skills?

For the first time in nine years, WBC heavyweight champion Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) has shed the weight he was carrying around and now looks like an athlete.

Unfortunately, Fury spent most of his training camp focusing on losing weight, which should have distracted him from working on actual boxing in preparation for IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs).

Father Time is invincible

Having lost all this weight, Fury won't turn back the clock, given the years, the wear and tear, the loss of reflexes that comes with age and the punishment he took against Deontay Wilder. Losing 30-40 pounds of fat won't make Fury look young again.

Fury will not have the mobility and reflexes because he is still 35 and not young anymore, and, of course, his basic boxing skills will not suddenly become the same as Usik’s due to weight loss.

Despite the weight loss, Fury is still a fighter who is about to turn 40, and that won't change if he loses all that weight. The fact is that even the best version of Fury in 2015, the one who beat Wladimir Klitschko, will have problems against Usyk.

It's more than just weight. Usik is a guy brought up in an Eastern European school, who worked hard and is the best of the best. He's not some big guy who has been handpicked by trainers throughout his career to get him to this point, and that's what fans think Fury is all about.

One trick of the Thunderer

Fury is still a fighter who tries to grab, bend and wrestle his opponents to wear them down. It's basically the only way Fury can win fights at this late stage in his career and it's so lopsided. Usyk has nothing to find out.

Usyk and Fury will meet on May 18 for the undisputed heavyweight championship at a PPV event at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The winner could potentially fight Anthony Joshua next if His Excellency decides to end the rematch clause Fury and Usyk have in their country to give the winner the fight the boxing public wants to see.




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