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Oleksandr Usyk agrees with Tyson Fury that he hid his strength from Anthony Joshua in his warm-up fights before dismantling him to stun the boxing world last month.

 

 

The Ukranian dominated Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, winning the unified world titles in the process.

 

 

Despite his classy showing, Usyk’s victory could have been even more emphatic as he closed in on a late stoppage in the final round.

 

 

 

 

 

“This is what he (Fury) has said about previous fights and many other people have judged by previous fights,” Usyk said. “There are a number of reasons why I didn’t look the way I quite wanted to and the way my fans wanted to see me.

 

“Let’s take the fight with Derek Chisora. I have been preparing for eight or nine months, I had two camp stops in that time, I had an operation on my hand and I got the disease that is scaring the world right now.

 

“It all happened in eight months, so I am not saying it made me look bad or not so good. But there are a number of reasons that explain why it happened.

 

 

“I think it is stupid to judge a person by their previous fights because things change. A lot of people work on their mistakes, and stop doing the stupid things.”

 

Usyk now holds the unified WBA, WBO and IBF titles having already reigned as undisputed cruiserweight champion.

 

 

With Joshua activating the immediate rematch clause, Usyk will be forced to wait to challenge Fury for the undisputed titles.

But the Ukrainian has been backed by his promoter Alex Krassyuk to dethrone Fury in a future meeting.

He told The Sun : “Both guys – Wilder and Fury – in the shape they performed in the fight are a sweet dessert for Usyk because none of them performed with boxing skills.

 

“If Usyk shows his technique, his style of technique I don’t think either Fury or Wilder can do anything serious to Usyk.

“My understanding was that Fury was going to lose on Saturday night. I thought he will get knocked out by Wilder. It wasn’t an analytical thought.

“I’ve been in boxing for 16 years, it was just another intuition that said Fury has very high chances to lose against Wilder. Of course he didn’t lose. I was in the studio for the commentary. That was a spectacular performance, absolutely spectacular.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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