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Usyk Skeptical About Fury Showdown Confidence Only When the Bell Rings

Oleksandr Usyk, the WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion, remains cautious about the upcoming undisputed fight against WBC king Tyson Fury. Despite negotiations initially faltering earlier this year, a deal was eventually struck for a December 23 showdown in Saudi Arabia. However, the match was delayed to early next year after Fury faced unexpected challenges in a non-title bout against MMA veteran Francis Ngannou.

Fury’s close ten-round split decision victory raised eyebrows, with the WBC champion enduring more damage than anticipated. The delay in the undisputed clash prompted concerns about the fight’s certainty. Usyk, expressing reservations, stated, “I’m not 100% sure. I will be sure when I’m in the ring.” He emphasized the need for both fighters to be physically present in the ring, with the bell signaling the commencement of the highly anticipated bout.

The Ukrainian champion downplayed the verbal jabs directed at him by Fury, choosing not to take the insults personally. Usyk expressed his admiration for Fury as a person, stating, “I heard so many insults about myself, that at some point I started flipping them over and making them my achievements. I love this incredible person. As a human being, I feel no hostility towards him. I simply love people, including Tyson Fury.”

While the undisputed fight’s postponement raised questions, Usyk remains focused on the path ahead. He highlighted his satisfaction with the delay, emphasizing his indifference towards material concerns. The rescheduled event, now targeting February, adds an extra layer of anticipation, with boxing enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the clash between Usyk and Fury, set to determine the true heavyweight champion. Confidence in the fight’s occurrence will only be cemented for Usyk when the sound of the bell echoes in the ring, signaling the commencement of the long-awaited showdown.

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