Oleksandr Usyk’s manager Egis Klimas says he can’t ‘beat’ Tyson Fury, but he can beat him by decision.
Klimas understands that his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion fighter Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) lacks the size and pop in his punches to knock out the massive 6’9″ Fury (32-0-1, 23 KO). ).
If mighty former WBC champion Deontay Wilder couldn’t stop Fury in three tries, then Usyk, smaller and weaker at 6’3″ and 220lbs, won’t be able to knock him out when/if the two meet in February or March next year.
Klimas says they want the Fury fight, but if that doesn’t happen for some reason the contest isn’t happening, so they’ll watch what comes next.
“The earliest is probably February,” manager Egis Klimas told Television Battle Hub about when Oleksandr Usyk will be available to defend his three heavyweight titles. “Certainly not this year.
“Fury is a big guy. I would say Usyk can’t beat Fury. Usyk can win Fury. It’s a big difference between beating and winning. Beat of Usyk [Tony] Bellew. Usyk won Joshua. He didn’t beat Joshua. He won Joshua.
“Review the second Usyk-Joshua fight very closely, and count how many punches came from Usyk, and then you tell me. He beat Joshua, or he won Joshua? He won Joshua every round, but didn’t beat.
“Joshua got tired, but he didn’t beat. He won. That’s what makes him the fighter he is. Sure,” Klimas said when told Usyk was “overtaking Fury.” “It’s going to be like cat and mouse. All I can do is talk. He is the one who will fight.
“When will Tyson be ready because Usyk is looking for unification right now? He wants unification. Hopefully Tyson will make up his mind, and if there are no excuses, we will come in February and fight.
“We spent a lot of time preparing for Joshua’s second fight. It took us maybe three and a half and four months. After the fight, Oleksandr returned to Ukraine.
“As we speak, he has returned to the front. He went to encourage the soldiers. We know the country is struggling. It’s really a fight. It’s not boxing, and it has its foundation. He helps a lot of people. He is doing his duty for the country.
“That’s why he can’t prepare for the fight. In a week or two, he will leave Ukraine and come to the United States. We have plans to make here. We’re going to the WBO convention.
“After that, he can start preparing for training. So that brings us to February. I won’t say anything about Fury. I’m not going to think about Fury’s team. He has a team; he has advisers. Let them work with him,” Klimas said when told Fury might not be ready to fight Usyk in February if he fights in December.
“As it concerns [Usyk] fighting Wilder, it was in talks if the fight would ever happen with Fury, who Oleksandr would like to fight. He chose Wilder. That’s why he said that because he’s a dangerous fighter. I wanted to fight a dangerous fighter.
“At the moment it is not in the talks to fight Wilder. Right now it’s in talks to fight Fury. If the Fury is going to disappear, then we have to watch what’s next. He holds three major belts. It is therefore possible that he will be ordered to fight a proxy.
“Right now the majority of the decisions are to fight Fury. No, we’re not talking about [fighting Fury]but there are promoters interested in this fight, and they are talking about this fight.
“I don’t think this fight is going to happen because it’s a lot of different things commercially,” Klimas said of the Fury vs. Anthony Joshua fight. “Sponsorships, contracts, networks, broadcasters, managers. It’s a whole fruit salad.
“I’m not going to tell you what the status is with DAZN, ESPN, Sky Sports, HBO, Showtime, FOX,” Klimas said when asked if Usyk could re-sign with DAZN now that his contract has expired.
” I am going to tell you something. Usyk is promotion-free and Usyk is broadcast-free. It is not free to manage, but all of the above. We are in Usyk team; we are three agents of the promotion of the dissemination of networking, ”said Klimas.