Deontay Wilder’s coach makes Oleksandr Usyk vs Tyson Fury fight winner prediction

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Oleksandr Usyk has been backed to topple Tyson Fury in 2022 – by the coach of Deontay Wilder. With many touting a long-awaited all-British bout between Fury and Anthony Joshua for early next year, it was Usyk who scuppered that notion when he outclassed Joshua in London in September.

The Ukrainian took a unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to take Joshua’s WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight belts, before ‘AJ’ immediately triggered a rematch clause with the return bout expected to take place in the spring of 2022.

The following month, Fury concluded his trilogy with Wilder by winning an epic bout in Las Vegas, eventually stopping the American in the 11th round, but only after surviving twice being floored himself.

Fury was originally ordered to make a mandatory defence of his WBC and The Ring titles against Dillian Whyte, although that potential fight appears in jeopardy with the two struggling to negotiate a financial agreement.

‘The Gypsy King’ is now reportedly looking at other opponents to face in March, with a view to setting up a mouth-watering unification bout with the winner of that second Usyk v Joshua bout.

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Now Malik Scott, who took over as Wilder’s coach ahead of that trilogy bout, has backed Usyk to prevail over the Manchester man if they end up meeting – believing Fury has waned since he beat ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in their second bout back in February 2020.

“I believe that the Tyson Fury that fought Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder the first time, I believe that Tyson Fury gives Usyk all kinds of fits,” Scott told ES Ne.

“The movement, the reflexes Tyson Fury – I believe this Tyson Fury right now, I believe Usyk would beat.

“The heavier Tyson Fury that’s coming forwards, that wants to take chances and put his weight on people. I think that is a perfect system for Usyk to operate off of.”

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The movement of Usyk, 34, undoubtedly caused Joshua problems and has helped him become one of only three boxers to have unified the cruiserweight world titles and become a world heavyweight champion, after Evander Holyfield and David Haye.

It’s a factor that Scott thinks would give him the upper hand over Fury, 33.

“Because his feet are fast, he turns on angles, he’s a good counter-puncher and his punches are so accurate they come with a bit more sting than they appear,” Scott continued.

“So if I had to bet on that, I would bet Usyk would beat Tyson Fury.”

As for Scott’s own fighter, Wilder has been encouraged by Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn to set up a fight with Derek Chisora, following ‘Del Boy’s’ latest defeat to Joseph Parker.

Hearn said: “Deontay Wilder, we want to see you back in the ring. I’ve got the perfect guy for you – Derek Chisora.

“Come on, he’s getting on a little bit, he’s coming off three defeats on the spin now. Easy comeback fight for Deontay Wilder. Derek’s ready.”

Chisora’s trainer however, Dave Coldwell, wasn’t impressed, responding by saying: “Christmas is over. Eddie needs to put the sherry away for another year.”

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