Report: Usyk Ready for Prime Fury

Usyk Braces for an Elevated Fury Showdown in May

A Confident Usyk Awaits a Different Fury

Oleksandr Usyk, holding an impressive 21-0 record with 14 KOs, is preparing for a version of Tyson Fury that differs significantly from the one who barely edged past Francis Ngannou. Their anticipated face-off is set for May 18 at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Titled ‘Ring of Fire’, this bout is shaping up to be a clash of titans.

Fury, undefeated in 35 bouts with 24 KOs, encountered a challenging moment last October against the boxing debutant Ngannou. The former UFC heavyweight champion, despite his loss, managed to drop Fury in their non-title bout. Usyk, a meticulous southpaw, anticipates a more formidable version of the 35-year-old Brit in their upcoming clash.

“Tyson Fury will be different with my fight,” Usyk shared with Seconds Out. He hypothesizes that Fury underestimated Ngannou, perceiving the match as an easy win. Usyk, however, is convinced Fury will bring a heightened level of competition to their encounter.

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Unfazed by Delays, Usyk Focuses on Training

Initially scheduled for February 17, the bout faced postponement due to Fury sustaining a cut in sparring. Despite the delay, Usyk remains unbothered, focusing his energy on training, family, and his team. “I don’t read the news, I don’t watch the world news, I’m only here. It’s my preparation,” he emphasized, setting his sights firmly on the May 18 showdown.

Reflections on the Joshua Duels

Usyk also reflected on his experiences facing Anthony Joshua twice, both times emerging victorious. He spoke about the post-fight monologue from Joshua, which many believed overshadowed Usyk’s triumph. The Ukrainian boxer revealed that Joshua had extended apologies through Wladimir Klitschko. Displaying respect and understanding, Usyk stated, “I don’t have bad feelings about Joshua because I respect this man.”

Eyes on the Prize: Victory Over Fury

As for the tactics against Fury, Usyk’s approach is simple yet profound: to win. Whether through a knockout or lasting the full 12 rounds, his primary objective remains unwavering. “My strategy is win. Enough,” he asserted.

In anticipation of this monumental clash, both boxers bring a wealth of experience and skill to the ring. With Usyk’s strategic mind and Fury’s resilience, the ‘Ring of Fire’ event promises to be more than just a battle for titles. It’s a testament to the unwavering spirit and skillful prowess of two of the finest heavyweights in boxing history.

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