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Can Fury Defeat Usyk? Expert Opinions!

The upcoming clash between unbeaten Oleksandr Usyk and WBC champ Tyson Fury has sparked intense debate among boxing experts regarding the outcome of the unified heavyweight title fight set for February 17th.

A panel comprising Tim Bradley, Paulie Malignaggi, and Chris Algieri has weighed in, anticipating a dominant performance from Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) against Usyk (IBF, WBA & WBO champ). Bradley cited Fury’s physical advantages—his size, boxing skills, and ability to control range—as key factors favoring the WBC titleholder in this matchup.

However, doubts linger about Fury’s consistency and the quality of his past opponents, with concerns raised about his ability to rise to the occasion against elite fighters. Malignaggi and Algieri highlighted Fury’s historical tendencies to excel when doubted, referring to notable wins against aging opponents like Wladimir Klitschko and a flawed Deontay Wilder.

There’s skepticism about Fury’s recent performances, particularly against Francis Ngannou, raising questions about his physical condition and lifestyle choices. Malignaggi pointed out Fury’s inconsistency when he’s expected to perform well versus moments where he shines under the pressure of doubts from critics, emphasizing Fury’s perceived decline and potential vulnerabilities.

The panel delved into Usyk’s capabilities, acknowledging his prowess as a phenomenal fighter and acknowledging the uncertainties surrounding Fury’s unpredictable nature, mentioning the significant size advantage that Fury holds over Usyk and the question marks hovering over Fury’s consistency.

As the fight approaches, experts debate whether Fury’s historic tendencies to thrive under doubt will be enough to overcome Usyk’s formidable skills and potentially exploit any weaknesses in Fury’s physical condition.

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