Oleksandr Usyk backed to beat Anthony Joshua – but not Tyson Fury

Oleksandr Usyk would beat Anthony Joshua – but fall short against Tyson Fury.

That is the view of former world champion George Groves following Usyk’s win over Derek Chisora last weekend.

The former undisputed cruiserweight ruler outpointed Chisora to secure his shot at Joshua’s world title.

Joshua, however, is likely to side-step Usyk and instead drop his WBO belt in order to unify against Fury.

But should the rivals meet in the future, Groves would favour the Ukrainian.

“You can put him in there with anyone but whether he’s going to be big enough to deal with Tyson Fury I’m not sure,” he told After The Bell .

“With Usyk’s style, for his size, he will struggle a touch in the heavyweight division because he needs the guys in front to settle so that he can acclimatise to his timing.

“He likes guys to punch at him and sometimes in the heavyweight division that doesn’t happen.

“His weight is on the front foot a lot of the time and he likes to slip, take angles and then counter off his opponent’s angles.

“Joshua is a completely different fighter to Fury; much more muscular and a ferocious puncher but he likes to box with his hands high and someone like Usyk might be able to pull that apart and force Joshua to throw punches he doesn’t want to.

Oleksandr Usyk impressed against Derek Chisora

“Against Alexander Povetkin, Joshua was punching down and Povetkin could create the angles and he caused him some problems and Usyk is a sharper, faster and fresher version of Povetkin.

“If you put Usyk in with someone like Fury, I don’t see how Fury lets him get into the fight in that way.

“He’s so big and he has a good repertoire of shots and he can change stances; even when he doesn’t get the fundamentals right, he’s so big he gets away with it.

“I can’t see how Usyk’s style can be particularly effective against him.”

Rather than Joshua, Usyk is instead likely to face Daniel Dubois for the vacant belt, assuming the young Londoner beats Joe Joyce later this month.

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