By Charles Brun: Tony Bellew says he believes that Tyson Fury’s new Kronk Gym, aggressive style of fighting taught to him by his American coach Sugarhill Steward is perfect for the precise counter-punching of IBF, WBA & WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and he could be heading towards his first defeat when he meets up with the quicker fighter.
Sugarhill has turned Fury into a plodding Frankenstein monster, who is as basic as they come and so easy to figure out.
He is no longer the masterful dancer that he once was. Fury has now been reduced to the lowest elements of fighting, turned into a Frankenstein-esque type of fighter whose only goal is to throw a single shot and immediately grab his opponent to force them to bare his entire 270+ lb weight.
The aggressive style that Fury uses is an old approach that we saw from former heavyweight champion John ‘The Quiet Man’ Ruiz, which involves throwing a single punch followed by a clinch and then leaning. It works, but it’s so, so ugly to watch, and it’s a style that can be neutralized by nimble fighters that avoid being grabbed.
Did Fury blow his chances for Usyk fight?
It’s unclear whether the Fury-Usyk fight will happen, though, as Fury reportedly asked for too much money from the Saudis and spoiled his chances of fighting there, according to Eddie Hearn.
If so, this would be the second huge fight negotiations that Fury made a mess of. He recently ruined his chances of fighting Anthony Joshua by trying to accelerate the talks by setting a deadline.
Some believe that Fury never wanted to fight Joshua or Usyk, so he’s purposefully sabotaging the talks so he can continue to make easy money by fighting old scrubs with no chance of beating him.
It’s believed that Fury asked for an absurd amount of money, and the Saudis weren’t willing to indulge him. As a result, Fury is heading back to the UK, wanting to fight at Wembley Stadium, with or possibly without Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs).
The money won’t be as good, but it’s either this or the fight doesn’t happen. It’s unknown whether it’s too late for Fury to come back and ask for less money from the Saudis, but given that Wembley Stadium is the only venue they’re talking about, it would seem that there’s no going back.
Fury is stuck fighting at Wembley on April 29th, whether he likes it or not. You can only imagine how Usyk feels about this because he reportedly had already made his deal with the Saudis. He can’t be pleased with taking less money to fight in the UK.
Nobody wants to fight Usyk
“I don’t think anybody really wants Oleksandr Usyk.,” said Tony Bellew to iFL TV when asked who wins between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and IBF, WBA & WBO champ Oleksandr Usyk.
“I just think that with that style and that way that format that he has now, it falls more into Oleksandr Usyk’s hands,” Bellew continued. “So if anyone is going to beat him, I really do think it’s going to be Oleksandr Usyk.
“I just think he’s really good at what he does. Usyk is the only one that can consistently make Tyson Fury miss and pay for 12 rounds.
“It’ll be interesting to see. Let’s see what the future holds but in the meantime, Tyson Fury is #1 in the division and can’t be overlooked