Tony Bellew gushes about Usyk, picks him over Fury

By Boxing News - 03/12/2023 - Comments

By Scott Gilfoid: Tony Bellew is picking Oleksandr Usyk to defeat Tyson Fury on April 29th undisputed heavyweight match-up in London, England.

Bellew feels that with the changes that Fury’s Kronk Gym trained coach SugarHill Steward has made to his game, turning him from a mobile slick boxer into a regular every day of the week brawler.

That dime-store style is made to order for IBF, WBA & WBO champion Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs). Sugarhill has taken Fury’s style, which was perfect for him to rule the division forever, and has altered it negatively.

It’s like someone taking the talented artist Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ painting and scribbling all over it with crayons, thinking they’re making improvements. You can’t improve Da Vinci, which is why Fury is heading for a certain defeat against Usyk because he’s NOT going to beat Usyk using the style taught to him by SugarHill.

Usyk knows how to beat brawlers like Fury, and size doesn’t matter, especially when they’re carrying around a big belly full of fat. Usyk has loads of experience in the amateur system, fighting guys like Fury and making a monkey out of them. He won’t be mystified by the simple punch & grab style crammed into his head by his U.S. coach Sugarhill.

Fury, still very unsophisticated about the ways of the world, has bought into Sugarhill’s simplistic one-size fits all approach, hook, line & sinker, believing he can use the same style to beat Usyk, but Bellew sees the 6’9″ goliath in for a rude awakening on the night when he gets inside the ring and is carved up and stripped of his WBC belt.

Unless Fury dumps Sugarhill and returns to the way he fought in the past when he was known for his fast feet, he will get a boxing lesson from Usyk that he won’t soon forget.

“I’m going to say Oleksandr Usyk,” said Tony Bellew to iFL TV, picking Usyk to defeat Tyson Fury on April 29th. “I think he wins. He’s absolutely fantastic.

“I thought Fury would be too big, but he’s [Usyk] the only person that’s got the style [to defeat Tyson]. Fury’s style has changed.

“He used to be an awkward, slipping, counterpuncher fighter, but now that he’s aggressive. That’s what tips it towards Usyk. He’s [Fury] changed his style under the Kronk [trainer SugarHill Steward].

“That style will benefit Oleksandr Usyk. I think it’ll show on the night,” said Bellew.

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