Tyson Fury will have tougher jobs sparring in camp for Oleksandr Usyk fight than he will fighting Francis Ngannou
Mike Tyson is training the former UFC champion, but it won't make a blind bit of difference against Fury.
In his latest column, the former Olympian and heavyweight contender looks ahead to a huge night of heavyweight action in Saudi Arabia. With Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou topping the bill, he also takes a closer look at rivals Fabio Wardley and David Adeleye who fight for the British title.
Usyk fight won’t break Fury’s focus
Francis Ngannou is out to shock the boxing world in Saudi Arabia this weekend. But I don’t think Tyson Fury even believes it is a possibility he could slip up in this fight.
Tyson always has good boxing people around him, even if some do occasionally act up, They are all pretty wise and they will be telling him now is not the time to slip up or let his focus drift. It will be instilled in him like normal.
We have seen over the years when it comes to preparing for his fights, he is a true professional.
Despite the prospect of fighting for undisputed against Oleksandr Usyk coming into focus, his eyes will be firmly on Ngannou and the threat he can possibly pose in there. He won’t be thinking about Usyk at all until this fight is over.
Fury, in all honestly, will have tougher spars in camp preparing for the Usyk fight than he will against Ngannou on the night. I have seen a few of the boys he has got in camp before and I think that will be the case.
Mike Tyson in Ngannou’s corner can’t produce a miracle
Mike Tyson has been working with the former UFC champion heading into this and will be a presence on the night. It is a great story, no doubt. But when it comes down to it, it won’t make any difference.
Of course, it adds value to the occasion but in terms of the training they have done, I don’t think it will be enough. From what I have seen, the style he is trying to use to train him to beat Fury isn’t the right one anyway. I don’t see how he goes about getting inside Fury’s long arms and long jab. Francis Ngannou is not Mike Tyson. He is nothing like him, in fact.
I don’t think it will prove to be too much help but of course, having Mike Tyson as part of the show is huge.
After all is said and done on the night, I am sure all the focus will straight away be on Fury vs Usyk for all the marbles. But as far as that one is concerned, we have heard it all before in terms of it being 100 per cent done. But until they are in the ring and that opening bell goes, nothing is certain.
Wardley vs Adeleye is like a novice final
Fabio Wardley and David Adeleye on the card in Saudi is huge and I hope to be in the front row for that one to get a proper look at them. Wardley’s British title will be on the line now and I think it is a good thing. It makes a lot of sense. I’m not sure if they had to move the goalposts to get that done but out in Saudi there is a lot of money floating about and I’m sure it didn’t take much persuading to get that belt on the line.
I am favouring Fabio to defend the belt in this one, but I am not sure if that’s just because I have seen more from him recently. I’m sure David is very focused though. They are both good fighters but as far as I am concerned, this is a novice final, well and truly.
We’ll see who lands first. Boxing brains and boxing ability isn’t going to come into it, it will come down to who wants it more and who is the toughest in there on the night. But I don’t mind if they smash each other up before they get there either.
I think David has improved since that Kamil Sokolowski fight a few years ago when he struggled. In his last fight against Emir Ahmatovic, I don’t think it was amazing by any stretch but you can see there is work being done and he is like us all, raw and improving.
I think he is a much better fighter than that night he fought Sokolowski. How much better, I’m not sure. And is he equipped to deal with Fabio? I don’t know. I Slightly fancy Fabio for this one but I wouldn’t mind a double knockout either.
Heavyweight action will deliver fireworks
It’s a brilliant undercard on the night. Carlos Takam versus Martin Bakole is a very good fight. Bokole is a great fighter, very dangerous. If he has got the right head on him, he is in that mix below that top five and can give anyone trouble. Arslanbek Makhmudov is a proper handful too.
Joseph Parker is also on the bill up against Simon Kean. I think a bit of inactivity has hindered Parker in recent times but with one good performance he would be straight back in the mix. He is one of my favourite heavyweights to watch.
He is also definitely a name for the future for me. We are both under the same promotional banner too so that could be easily done. I just have to keep performing.
We can’t forget Moses Itauma either, I have to give him a shout out. He is developing so well. I love watching his progress, he is a really nice kid with his head screwed on and he wants to go take on the world and I rate that a lot.
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