And Then There Have been Two: Fury-Usyk

Posted on 08/22/2022

By: Sean Crose

I can’t say I ever imagined Oleksandr Usyk being one of many two final males standing within the post-Klitschko heavyweight period. For those who had requested me, say, three years in the past who I believed would find yourself King of the Heavies, I’d have stated Deontay Wilder. His friends, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, had been excellent, I felt, however not ok to take care of Wilder’s explosiveness. How fallacious I used to be. I can’t be too onerous on myself about this, nevertheless, for who ever imagined that in 2022 former cruiserweight kingpin Oleksandr Usyk can be in possession of three of the 4 main title belts within the division?

Boxing is nothing if not the theater of the sudden, and now probably the most unlikely of heavyweight title throwdowns seems on the verge of turning into actuality. With Wilder dropping twice to Fury and Joshua dropping twice to Usyk, there’s solely two claimants left for heavyweight supremacy – Fury and Usyk. They’re an odd pairing, this towering Englishman and quirky Ukrainian. Simply imagining the 6’9 Fury combating within the ring in opposition to the 6’3 Usyk results in photos that may greatest be described as awkward. Whereas the trilogy Fury fought in opposition to Wilder was a conflict of the titans, a Fury-Usyk match may change into a battle of ability units. It’s not a nasty factor, actually, although it’s onerous to think about a combat between these two being thrilling. Then once more…

The reality is that, regardless of how a Fury-Usyk bout would prove, it’s a combat that must be made. An older – and former – combat fan complained to me lately that he now not is aware of who the heavyweight champion of the world is. That’s as a result of there IS no heavyweight champion. Relatively there are two main belt holders. It’s time to place this complicated and irritating period of division to finish. It’s time for one heavyweight, Tyson or Usyk, to rule all of them. If there’s one factor modern boxing wants it’s readability, and a single heavyweight champion, a direct descendant of a line that received its begin within the early Nineties, would go a protracted solution to serving to the game.

The excellent news, in fact, is that each Fury and Usyk look like prepared, prepared and in a position to make this combat a actuality. The query of who would emerge victorious is a troublesome one to reply, frankly, however it might be satisfying to seek out out. Hopefully we’ll discover out sooner quite than later.

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