KEY POINTS

  • Oleksandr Usyk's similarity to Tyson Fury will give "The Gypsy King" a tough fight, according to Chris Algieri
  • Both fighters are coming off victories over top heavyweights in Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder respectively
  • Dillian Whyte will face Fury next if he defeats Otto Wallin on Ocotber 30

Former WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri believes that Oleksandr Usyk will put Tyson Fury in a bind should the two ever meet in the ring.

iFL TV spoke with Algieri following Fury's third fight against Deontay Wilder and asked him why Usyk would be a great fight for the British heavyweight king.

“[Oleksandr] Usyk, I think, is trouble for everybody. He’s very elusive and very good at changing his rhythm. Things that Tyson [Fury] is good at. He’s physically filled in, he looked strong, and he wobbled [Anthony] Joshua a few times and hit him with some big shots. So I think he’s matured into the weight class already,” Algieri elaborated.

The Ukrainian heavyweight is coming off a massive upset decision victory over Anthony Joshua in late September for the unified heavyweight titles.

Despite being three inches shorter and weighing around 20 pounds less, the southpaw Usyk mixed up his combinations to confuse Joshua and catch him off his guard.

Josuha showed that he was susceptible to being caught with a left down the middle in the third round, and Usyk exploited that weakness repeatedly throughout the fight.

After the fight, Joshua activated his rematch clause “in principle” for 2022 with Usyk angling for a fight in his home country.

As for Fury, the British heavyweight finally closed out his trilogy with Wilder by way of knockout in the tenth round.

The fight saw both fighters get knocked down at least twice, with the fifth knockdown being the last and most conclusive of their series.

“The Gypsy King” has one fight left on his current contract with Top Rank and ESPN.

It has been confirmed that Fury will face fellow British knockout artist Dillian Whyte for the title after the WBC ordered a mandatory fight between him and the interim heavyweight champion.

Before Whyte faces Fury, he will need to defeat Swedish southpaw Otto Wallin first on October 30 at the O2 Arena in London.

Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine fights Anthony Joshua of Great Britain Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine fights Anthony Joshua of Great Britain Photo: Getty Images | Julian Finney