Mike Tyson makes Fury-Usyk prediction after Gypsy King’s scare against Francis Ngannou
Iron Mike was in Ngannou's corner for Saturday's showpiece in Saudi Arabia.
WBC heavyweight champion Fury was floored in the third round of their Battle of the Baddest showdown in Saudia Arabia, with former UFC champ Ngannou – who had never boxed professionally before – defying all expectations to produce a remarkable display.
Fury looked out of sorts throughout the 10-round contest but survived to claim a controversial split-decision victory, with many – including one of the three judges – thinking the Cameroonian had done enough to get the win.
As soon as the result had been announced, attention quickly turned to a long-awaited unification fight between Fury and Usyk, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
The Ukrainian was ringside in Riyadh on Saturday night and both fighters – who were interviewed together – said they were committed to finally facing off on December 23 this year, though the bout has already been pushed back until February off the back of the damage Fury sustained against Ngannou.
Iron Mike was in the MMA star’s corner for the fight and had been backing him to spring a surprise against his namesake for some time, though he feels Fury will still be too good for Usyk despite his wishy-washy performance.
Asked how Fury’s upcoming unification fight with Usyk will go, Tyson told TNT Sports: ‘He beats Usyk. He will beat him, yeah.’
On Ngannou’s expectation-defying display last Saturday night, Tyson added: ‘What did I tell you? It speaks for itself.
‘Listen, this was his first professional fight with the greatest heavyweight fighter who ever lived and he dropped him! And gave him life to life in there.’
On why he is so convinced that Fury beats Usyk, the American told iFL TV back in September: ‘Tyson Fury [will win]. He’ll overpower him.
‘He [Usyk] can’t run that long with him, Tyson’s going to wear him down. He’ll get on him and wear on him and then he’s going to pound on him.
‘He [Usyk] is not going to win the titles running. I’m a great fan of Uysk’s but he’s not going to beat Tyson moving and running, he’s going to have to eventually fight.’
Fury and Usyk had both been adamant they would face off in Saudi Arabia on December 23, with the Brit even claiming his opponent could be ‘sued’ if he tried to delay, but almost immediately after Saturday’s fight promoter Frank Warren began downplaying the chances of the bout taking place this year and February now looks the likeliest time.
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