Tyson is hard­est for me to beat says ace Usyk

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By CHRIS OSTICK

OLEKSANDR Usyk be­lieves Tyson Fury will be his tough­est op­po­nent in his bid to dom­i­nate the heavy­weight divi­sion over the next few years.

The Ukrainian for­mer undis­puted world cruis­er­weight cham­pion has his sights set on con­quer­ing the sport’s most glam­ourous divi­sion.

He has al­ready been in­stalled as the WBO’s No.1 con­tender be­cause he has moved up in weight as the undis­puted cham­pion. And he showed he has the power at heavy­weight with a com­fort­able win over Chazz Wither­spoon in Oc­to­ber.

Now he is lined up to pos­si­bly face Dereck Chisora in early 2020 as he eyes up a crack at ei­ther An­thony Joshua or Deon­tay Wilder’s world ti­tles.

How­ever, Wilder will first have to get the bet­ter of Manch­ester’s Fury when they clash in their re­match on Fe­bru­ary 22.

And Usyk, who is a huge hero in his na­tive Ukraine, has ad­mit­ted he wouldn’t look for­ward to fac­ing the Man­cu­nian for­mer world cham­pion.

“I think with Fury will be the most dif­fi­cult,” he said.

“He’s very un­pre­dictable, two me­tres tall. It’s not clear what is in his head, like mine.”

Joshua, hav­ing re­cov­ered his WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO belts from Andy Ruiz at the end of last year, is now set to face one of his manda­tory chal­lengers, Kubrat Pulev, in the early part of this year.

Lineal champ Tyson Fury

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