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Usyk’s Weight Mishap Raises Concerns Before Fury Clash

Unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk’s weight was incorrectly reported today as 233 1/2 pounds instead of the correct weight of 223 1/2 pounds during the weigh-in for his fight against WBC champion Tyson Fury in Riyadh , in Saudi Arabia.

Hopefully the judges won’t make any mistakes in scoring the Fury-Usyk fight Saturday night at Kingdom Arena. It is not a good sign.

Fury fans go crazy

In fairness, the announcer’s small mistake when reading the weights made many Fury fans fear that he would fight a bigger version of Usyk (21-0, 14 KO).

Still, they should be concerned because even a 223-pound version of Usyk could potentially stop the version of Fury we saw last October, with him being beaten by Francis Ngannou and saved by a controversial score, with the judges giving him a 10-round split decision. in Riyadh. Talk about returning to the scene of a crime.

Usyk is big enough to defeat Fury as the Gypsy King’s last four fights have shown that he is not the same fighter he was at the peak of his career in 2015.

Fury got away with murder in his three fights with Deontay Wilder, dodging knockouts in two of the bouts with referees not stopping the fights, and earning a disqualification in the second.

Weight under the card

– Jai Opetaia 198.1 against Mairis Briedis 199.1
– Joe Cordina 130 – Anthony Cacacé 129.8
– Agit Kabayel 238.5 – Frank Sánchez 238.5
– Sergei Kovalev 194.2 – Robin Safar 194.1
– Moses Itauma 239.1 – Ilja Mezencev 232.1
– Mark Chamberlain 132 – Joshua Wahab 132.1
– Daniel Lapin 174.7 – Octavio Pudivitr 173.7
– Isaac Lowe 125.5 – Hasibullah Ahmadi 127.7

Usyk’s all-time great potential

“People saying he was crazy for getting in the ring with Deontay Wilder after he fought Sefar Seferi in his comeback. He did it and beat back the doubters,” DAZN Boxing analyst Chris Mannix said of Tyson Fury’s comeback in 2018 after being out of the ring for 2 1/2 years and gaining a ton of weight.

“Ignoring Tyson Fury is a dangerous thing to do, and I’m sure he’s used to dealing with that kind of pressure. I just think the man in front of him could be an all-time great. Not an all-time heavyweight. I don’t put him in that box right now,” Mannix said of Usyk.

“I still don’t place him (Usyk) among the great heavyweights of all time. He has been a heavyweight for six fights. I think you need to have a more in-depth CV. I think he climbs the list of great fighters of all time, because no one will be able to say that he was a heavyweight and an undisputed heavyweight in this four-belt era.

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