Fury Delaying Fight
The latest boxing news is that Fury is not focused on a potential fight against Usyk, who holds the IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles.
He’s more focused on fighting MMA star Francis Ngannou, which is intriguing, but it has little ramification on the boxing classes.
As always with boxing, it’s about the money. They couldn’t agree to terms, so Fury took the big pay-per-view money available now against Ngannou, who is always set to get the biggest payday of his career.
However, according to Anthony Joshua, Saudi Arabia’s proposed fight night of Joshua vs Wilder and Usyk vs Fury could be on the cards.
“From what I’ve heard, things are positive,” Joshua said. “We’ve obviously got stumbling blocks – Fury’s gotta get past Francis Ngannou and Usyk’s gotta get past Daniel Dubois, good luck to both of them”.
“And we can then sit down and rejig things around. So the goal is to have Usyk and Fury potentially compete for the undisputed heavyweight championship, with myself and Wilder slugging it out and may the best man win”.
“It’ll be a great event potentially, so we’re just waiting to see what happens and finalize the devil in the detail.”
What Are the Odds?
When boxing betting odds were available, Fury was a -250 favorite to beat Usyk (+200).
It came as no surprise to see Fury listed as the favorite, considering he’s the WBC heavyweight champion after beating the likes of Wilder, Dillian Whyte, and Derek Chisora.
He might have only one belt compared to Usyk’s four, but he has come through the tougher opposition, which is why he’s so highly respected.
The Gypsy King stands at 6’ 9” and that makes it tough for Usyk, who stands at 6’ 3”, to get anywhere near his head.
Usyk has beaten the likes of Joshua and Daniel Dubious, who are fine fighters in their own right, but the Britsh boxers have more weaknesses than the likes of Wilder, who has one of the biggest punches in the world.
We expect money to come for Usyk with online gambling markets at the price if the fight happens, but Fury is the deserved favorite.
What if Fury Loses to Ngannou?
Fury is the short favorite at -1000 to beat Ngannou, but stranger things have happened in boxing.
Ngannou, who left the UFC for the PFL due to not getting paid what he’s worth, isn’t a boxer. He might have knockout power, but boxing is a completely different sport to MMA, as shown when Floyd Mayweather made Conor McGregor look foolish.
However, if Fury does lose, it could spell the end of his professional boxing career. Even beating Usyk wouldn’t restore his honor, so it’s an important upcoming fight for the Brit.
Usyk is likely to rematch Dubois later this month, but there’s nothing else in his future that would excite boxing fans. For their sake, we hope there’s something in the pipeline for Usyk vs Fury.