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. In the event you had requested me, say, three years in the past who I assumed would find yourself King of the Heavies, I’d have mentioned Deontay Wilder. His friends, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, have been excellent, I felt, however not adequate to take care of Wilder’s explosiveness. How improper I used to be. I can’t be too onerous on myself about this, nonetheless, 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 essentially the most unlikely of heavyweight title throwdowns seems on the verge of changing into actuality. With Wilder shedding twice to Fury and Joshua shedding twice to Usyk, there’s solely two claimants left for heavyweight supremacy – Fury and Usyk. They’re a wierd 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 finest be described as awkward. Whereas the trilogy Fury fought in opposition to Wilder was a conflict of the titans, a Fury-Usyk match would possibly grow to be 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, irrespective 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 not too long ago 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. Moderately 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 obtained its begin within the early Nineties, would go an extended strategy to serving to the game.

The excellent news, after all, 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 will be satisfying to seek out out. Hopefully we’ll discover out sooner moderately than later.

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