Fury vs Usyk: ‘The glory of all boxing’. Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk and the winding road to the undisputed | boxing news

Tyson Fury is wrong. He might say it’s just another fight (he might need to treat it as such to make sure he wins it), but it’s not just another fight. It’s the fight.

The one that boxing, the one that the sport was waiting for. That wait is finally over.

It is the contest to deliver he world heavyweight champion, something boxing has been sorely missing for more than two decades.

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Tyson Fury launched a foul-mouthed tirade directed at Oleksandr Usyk and his team after the weigh-in.

In the quarter century since Lennox Lewis was the undisputed champion of the division, there have been heavyweight champions. In fact, for many years two great heavyweights dominated the scene and could not fight each other for very good reasons: Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko were brothers.

In 2015, Tyson Fury began his first championship reign, defeating Wladimir Klitschko in Düsseldorf to win the unified WBO, WBA and IBF titles. Plagued by mental problems, Fury did not box again for more than two years after that.

As Deontay Wilder held the WBC belt, the others dispersed. Anthony Joshua collected those titles that Fury once held.

But Wilder and Joshua never agreed to an undisputed fight. Then Fury crashed back into the upper echelons of the division. Losing a large amount of weight, Wilder assumed. Fury was held to a dramatic but controversial draw when he challenged the WBC champion in 2018. He then crushed Wilder in their 2020 rematch.

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Have the mind games started? Tyson Fury refuses to face Oleksandr Usyk at the press conference ahead of their big clash for the undisputed heavyweight title on Saturday.

Efforts to make an undisputed title fight between Fury and Joshua collapsed after that, when American Wilder forced his contractual rights to a third fight.

That final encounter was epic, one of the most exciting heavyweight fights of all time, with Fury coming off the canvas twice, knocking Wilder down three times before spectacularly knocking out the American in the eleventh round.

Meanwhile, Usyk was completing his intricately planned advance to the top of the heavyweight division. The Ukrainian had become the undisputed cruiserweight champion in magnificent fashion, defeating Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis and Murat Gassiev, all in his home country.

He then overcame Joshua to become unified champion at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Usyk walked away from a lucrative rematch with Joshua when Russia invaded Ukraine in early 2022. He returned to his home country to enlist in the territorial defense forces and take up arms. When he was allowed to return to boxing, he rose to the occasion with style and determination, handling a ferocious effort from Joshua to clearly win.

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Tyson Fury reveals why he refused to face Oleksandr Usyk in his final press conference before Saturday’s fight.

From the moment Usyk joined Fury as heavyweight champion, pairing the pair was the obvious fight. They are the two greatest and best men the sport has to offer fighting for absolute supremacy.

But it was not easy to get here and they still had to wait longer than expected.

Initial talks failed miserably last year, with Fury and Usyk agreeing to tentative fights. Usyk felt uncomfortable against Daniel Dubois, but stopped the Brit after recovering from a low blow (Dubois’ team still claims it should have been legal).

Fury almost suffered the shock of his career against former UFC champion Francis Ngannou, who surprisingly floored the Brit in the third round.

Fury cruised to victory and, despite being prepared to announce the undisputed clash – the fight to collect the four major titles – for December, he needed more time to recover from that surprisingly tough fight with Ngannou.

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Actor and director Paddy Considine is confident in his prediction in the fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.

The fight with Usyk was scheduled for February only for another delay to arise when Fury was cut from sparring shortly before the original date. The fight had to be postponed again, rescheduled for May 18.

It has been a long and winding road to indisputability that has spanned 25 years. Now it has finally reached its destination.

This is the fight that matters.

“It’s a great occasion,” Fury reflected. “This is the glory of all boxing, the world heavyweight championship.

“It’s a very important fight.”

But to perform effectively, Fury must approach it like he does any other fight.

“We’ve done a lot, haven’t we? In our lives, in boxing matches and stuff, are we worried about another fight? I don’t think so,” he said.

“If it’s meant for us and it’s meant to be, it will be. And if it’s not, then it won’t be. But will I cry about it? No. Why would I cry? I thank God for the good times and the bad times.

“It’s important at night, but when I come home it’s… forget it.”

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Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk deliver their final messages to each other ahead of their big clash for the undisputed heavyweight title on Saturday.

Fury has had mental struggles along the way. Those are battles he still has to fight.

“I feel ups and downs all the time, like a roller coaster. Always,” he said. “So short-term goals, keep training, keep eating healthy, that’s it.

“Now I know how to fight it more than before.

“I know tomorrow is a new day, so even if I feel absolutely (terrible) tonight, I think I’ll start over tomorrow. It’s a fresh new day to start over.”

Fury is a character like no other. At six feet nine inches tall and over 260 pounds, he is literally larger than life. Exuberant in demeanor most of the time, also intensely menacing as he approaches the first bell before a fight, he is unreal and very human at the same time.

He has a connection with his fans, especially how openly he spoke about his mental health when his weight skyrocketed after leaving the sport and its titles.

That made his return even more notable. She has had to pick herself up off the ropes and off the mat, after violent knockdowns administered by Wilder, repeatedly, and, more recently, by Ngannou.

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Legendary promoter Bob Arum makes his Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk prediction and reflects on some of the most memorable moments of his career.

While he has been humiliated, no opponent has managed to keep him there. He has found a way to rise. He always has.

And he has always been willing to fight. His inner turmoil has always dissipated when it comes time to box.

“Because, as I said many, many times, I am bulletproof on fight day. I can’t be affected on fight day because the ‘Gypsy King’ is not Tyson Fury, a completely different mentality,” he said.

Tyson Fury’s will to win exhibitions is tremendous. But it is a quality that Usyk undoubtedly also has.

In addition to what he represents as an athlete and champion, Usyk has an unusual drive.

“I have been preparing for this fight for 22 years. During my entire boxing career, I come for my dream. It is a great event for Ukraine as well,” Usyk said. sky sports.

“It’s a great opportunity for my family.”

In the lead-up to the fight, Fury, the bigger man, has outclassed Usyk. She yelled at him, tried to pounce on him when he confronted her. It has been a fearsome sight and that is just an indication of what is to come. All of Fury’s volume, experience and skill will be applied when they box.

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Tyson Fury’s trainer SugarHill Steward gets emotional after seeing old footage of Uncle Emanuel Steward with Fury at the Kronk gym.

But Usyk will not back down. He refuses to be intimidated.

“It’s not possible. Because my goal is my fight. There is too much at stake. All my power. I missed the new year with my children, I missed the birth of my daughter, because I was in my camp. Seven months, I was seven months “, said.

“I have four belts for four children, two for my sons and two for my daughters, one for each one.”

He promises to make what you need happen. “I don’t believe in destiny,” he said. “Destiny was invented by people.

“No. It’s you. It’s not destiny.

“I think it’s possible.”

His late father still inspires him. “My father told me, ‘Son, you can do it.’ I believe for my father, I believe for myself, I believe it is possible. If you do it, it’s possible.”

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Oleksandr Usyk watches as Tyson Fury pretends to play the guitar during his media training.

Trying to defeat Fury is one of the hardest jobs in boxing and no one has done it yet.

“It’s going to be a great fight because he’s a great man. He’s a great man, he’s smart. Smart,” Usyk said. “Oh, we have to fight.”

But as to how he would accomplish that feat, he did not specify. She only had two words for what she was going to do. Something “beautiful. Incredible.”

Both men have done special things to get to this point. Both have full faith that they will be the ones to take the final step and finally leave undisputed.

But only one of them can be right.

It is one of the most important sporting events of a generation. Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will clash for the undisputed world heavyweight championship on Saturday, May 18, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book the fight now.

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