Sergey Lapin, who is part of the management team for unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, does not expect his fighter to have issues with the size of WBC world champion Tyson Fury.
Usyk solidified himself as a major player at heavyweight back in September, when he outboxed Anthony Joshua to capture the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles.
A rematch clause was exercised, with the second fight being targeted for the first quarter of 2022.
At the moment Fury is obligated to make a mandatory defense against Dillian Whyte. The two sides have yet to reach an agreement. Fury is planning to fight by March of next year – with or without Whyte.
Lapin believes Fury will not be able to keep up with the rapid pace that Usyk sets down. And, he feels the defensive abilities of Usyk will be very problematic for the bigger man.
“As for a potential fight with Fury. Fury has an advantage in size, and he is mobile and fast for a boxer with his size, but there is one thing. The biggest problem with these huge heavyweights is their condition in twelve round confrontations. The pace of the fight that Oleksandr sets, the huge heavyweights of today will not be able to stand,” Lapin told Mybettingsites.
“Technically, it will be very interesting. Tyson Fury has a very uncomfortable boxing technique, but in order for Fury to deliver his series of blows, he will need to spend a lot of effort, and this will be his undoing.
“Ultimately the weight and height advantage in this fight does not matter for Oleksandr Usyk, he adapts to any opponent. Observers of world boxing will soon see how Oleksandr Usyk will restore order in the heavyweight division.”