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Usyk Confident in Maintaining Unbeaten Streak Against Fury

With just over two weeks remaining until Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk step into the Kingdom Arena for their undisputed and unified heavyweight championship bout on February 17, the anticipation for the historic clash, dubbed ‘Ring of Fire,’ is reaching a fever pitch.

This matchup marks the first time since 1999, when Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield, that an undisputed heavyweight champion will be crowned. After much negotiation, Fury and Usyk agreed in November to put all four heavyweight belts on the line for this monumental showdown.

WBC champion Fury’s last defense was against Derek Chisora, but he secured a split decision win over MMA star Francis Ngannou in October. Meanwhile, Usyk, holding the IBF, WBA, and WBO belts, defended his unified titles against British fighter Daniel Dubois in August.

Usyk, maintaining focus on the task at hand, insists he is not swayed by Fury’s flamboyant rhetoric. The Ukrainian, known for his methodical approach, expressed his appreciation for the ‘Ring’ belt, emphasizing that his motivation lies in legacy rather than financial gains.

Reflecting on the historical significance of the bout, Usyk stated, “Heavyweight boxing has not had this kind of fight since 1999,” highlighting the importance of defending the championship. While Fury is renowned for his mind games and theatrics, Usyk remains unfazed, emphasizing his dedication to preparing for every aspect of the bout.

“I really don’t think about Tyson Fury. I don’t look at the way he acts and what he does. Most of his opponents fell for it. I don’t,” said Usyk. Confident in his advantages over Fury, the Ukrainian remains focused on his preparation, declaring, “I have my plans for him. I have advantages over him that he does not know about.”

As the clock ticks down to the ‘Ring of Fire,’ boxing enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await the showdown that could reshape the heavyweight landscape.

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