British fighter Tyson Fury has come out fighting with recent comments ahead of his massive fight with Ukrainian bruiser Oleksandr Usyk. The fight, which will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on the 17th of February, will see an undisputed heavyweight champion crowned for the first time in the era of four belts.
Fury holds the WBC belt, with Usyk possessing the WBA, WBO, and IBF titles, making their upcoming clash a truly titanic one and one that is sure to lead to a massive audience watching both in person and on TV. It’s a bout that will certainly drive fight fans to use the best boxing sportsbooks to locate the odds that suit their preference, and it’s a fight that is incredibly hard to call.
As is typical ahead of such fights, the usual battle of words occurs prior to the fighters letting their fists do the talking. Fury started the ball rolling with some choice words about his opponent and his team;
"You are all dossers. He's going to get knocked out. And you two are going to work for me slinging my bags,"
"Sausage, ugly little man, rabbit,”
"You're getting smashed to pieces. Sausage. You're fighting the best British heavyweight there's ever been,"
"I come here to pick a fight. I didn't come here to play games. I didn't get all dressed up for nothing. I come here to fight. You ugly little man." Fury added.
The fighter who emerged victorious on February 17th will become the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world since Lennox Lewis, a fellow Brit, did so in 1999.
Fury bigged up the fight while taking a break from slinging rather bizarre insults at Usyk, stating,
“It’s going to be one of the fights for the ages,”
“I believe we are both destined to be here and to be in this big fight in Saudi Arabia, and there’s only one winner, and I am destined to become the undisputed champion.”
“More than that, I am destined to cement my legacy as the No. 1 fighter in this era. To do that, I have to beat this little man, and that’s it, simple as.”
“Easier said than done, I understand; he’s a tricky man, good boxer, slick. But I have seen many people like him before, and when they fight the big men, they struggle.”
“He’s going to struggle on February 17 and he’s going to lose, I will break him for sure.”
35-year-old Fury overcame Francis Ngannou by a split decision in his last fight, which also came in Saudi Arabia, back in October, and he has a record of 34 wins and a draw from his 35 pro fights.
Usky has won all of his 21 professional fights, the last of which came in August in Poland when he knocked out Daniel Dubois in the ninth round, and that success came after back-to-back victories over British fighter Anthony Joshua, leading to the 36-year-old taking the WBA, WBO, and IBF titles.