Concerns Over Bout
Oleksandr Usyk, the Ukrainian boxer, was reportedly worried that Tyson Fury would lose to Francis Ngannou in their recent match-up, according to his promoter Alex Krassyuk. Krassyuk revealed that Usyk was 'sweating' during the fight, fearing that Fury's poor performance would jeopardize their upcoming bout.
Fury narrowly defeated Ngannou by split decision in a surprising match that saw the British boxer knocked down in the third round. The close fight caught many off guard, including Usyk who watched from ringside.
Fear of Cancellation
Krassyuk shared that the heavyweight southpaw was anxious about the possibility of their world title showdown being called off if Fury lost to Ngannou. He expressed concern over the potential impact on the viewership of their fight, as Ngannou's match failed to generate significant attention in the US.
Confidence in Usyk
Despite the nerves surrounding Fury's performance, Krassyuk emphasized that Usyk has always been confident in his abilities. He highlighted Usyk's previous accomplishments as the undisputed cruiserweight and his pursuit of the undisputed heavyweight title. Usyk currently holds all but one of the belts in the division.
During the fight, cameras captured Usyk's shocked reaction as Fury was knocked down by Ngannou. The footage shows Usyk scratching his head in disbelief and his eyes widening in shock.
The highly anticipated Usyk vs. Fury fight, originally scheduled for December 23, has been postponed until early 2024. Fans are now eagerly awaiting the upcoming title fight between the two heavyweight boxers.