Tyson Fury believes that Oleksandr Usyk looks like boxing legend Muhammad Ali compared to Anthony Joshua.
In fact, the Gypsy King pulled no punches when talking about AJ believing his compatriot is not a great fighter and he’s a ‘useless, old bum.’
Tyson Fury says Usyk is levels about Joshua
Fury is on a collision course with Dillian Whyte for his WBC heavyweight title. That bout is expected for Apil while Joshua will rematch with Usyk in May.
“I think Joshua is a useless old dosser,” Fury told Max Kellerman. “He robbed Cuba blind at the Olympics blind so shouldn’t have even got a medal.
“As soon as he stepped up he got chinned, then he went to America where the real fighters are and got obliterated by a fat kid on two weeks notice.
“So do I think he is a great fighter? Hell no. I think he is a useless bum. Then he fought a boxer half his size and a foot shorter than him and got outboxed.
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“If you think going into a boxing fight for the world heavyweight title is not trying to win, yeah I would give him that title.
“For me he is a useless old bum and he won’t get past Oleksandr Usyk in his next fight and his career is over. However I think Usyk is a good boxer, a very talented cruiserweight boxer but I think he is no great shake and is hittable.
“I just think he is small and not fast, he is okay and a decent boxer he looks like Muhammad Ali compared to stiff-a** there.”
Ali was a three-time undisputed heavyweight champion and regarded by many as the greatest of all-time. Usyk is unbeaten in his career and was the undisputed cruiserweight champion before becoming the unified heavyweight champion.
Muhammad Ali is widely regarded as one of boxing’s GOATs
There was a chance Joshua and Whyte would step aside let Fury and Usyk face each other for the undisputed heavyweight title, but that idea fell through at the last minute with the reason variable depending on who you believe.
Eddie Hearn says Fury changed his mind and decided he didn’t want to face Usyk and he wanted Whyte while Frank Warren says Joshua’s team asked for another £5 million to step aside at the last minute and that killed negotiations.
The year prior, Joshua and Fury had agreed to fight for the undisputed title, but the court of arbitration declared that Deontay Wilder was owed his trilogy fight. Fury would win that, but Joshua would lose his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles to Usyk in September, scuppering one of the biggest fights in boxing.