• 24/07/2024 05:47

“He will lose and immediately end his career”: the ex-world champion gave an unexpected forecast for the Usyk-Fury fight

ByИван Дунаев

Feb 20, 2024

Paul Malignaggi believes that ” “Gypsy King” will send the Ukrainian into sports retirement.

Former world champion in junior welterweight Paul Malignaggi shared his forecast for the fight between the WBO world champion , WBA, IBO and IBF heavyweight champion Alexander Usik and WBC title holder Tyson Fury.

According to the 43-year-old American, the “Gypsy King” Usik will win, after which the Ukrainian boxer will decide to retire.

“Usyk will lose to Fury and then immediately retire. He will retire even earlier than Terence Crawford. He will be the next one to retire. I won't say anything bad about him, he's a serious guy. But immediately after the defeat he will understand that he has no chance to come back and win back all the titles again.

Fury is very big for Usik. Even though Alexander has done a great job in the heavyweight division, won three titles, it will be incredibly difficult for him with this giant.

Fury could, of course, announce retirement again. Don't get me wrong, but this guy retires every two weeks. But I believe that Usik cannot win in this fight. Even though Fury had a terrible performance against Francis Ngannou. Quite the contrary. Now Tyson has received the much-needed motivation.

Usik will think about the fact that he has already achieved a lot in boxing: gold medals, victories in international tournaments, championship titles in two divisions. That’s all,” ProBox TV quotes Malignaggi as saying.

The Usyk-Fury fight will take place on May 18 in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). The fight was scheduled for February 17, but due toinjury , which the Briton received during one of the sparrings, he was movedto.

To avoid another breakdown of the fight, the organizers established sanctions that will be applied to Usik or Fury if some of them will not enter the ring on May 18. Boxersface a huge fineif they refuse to fight on the scheduled date.

The winner of the Usyk-Fury fight will become the first undisputed world heavyweight champion division in the 21st century.

The last “absolute” in heavyweight was Lennox Lewis, who won this status in 1999 when he defeated Evander Holyfield.Then the WBA, WBC and IBF titles were on the line.The WBO belt was recognized equal in 2007, so the winner of the fight between Usik and Fury will become the first ever “absolute” heavyweight with four major titles.

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