Such a mustache is a sweet bun for Fury. Alexander has gaps in defense
Aug 28, 2023 11:15 UTC Audio Version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
In the last fight, the champion had serious problems.
Last weekend, Oleksandr Usyk successfully defended his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight title by knocking out Daniel Dubois. The fight turned out to be not indisputable, the Briton made the opponent nervous, and the blow in the fifth round will be discussed for a long time for the legitimacy of him.
Another important question is who will be next for Usyk? The boxer’s manager claims that Alexander has another mandatory defense planned and that undefeated Croatian Filip Hrgovic may become his opponent. However, it is clear to all that if the opportunity to unify the titles in a fight with Tyson Fury appears on the horizon, then this will become a priority option. In principle, promoter Frank Warren spoke about this before the fight between Usyk and Dubois: “There is no clause here about a rematch, because it is a mandatory defense. The winner will continue to fight for the belts and will challenge Tyson in a unification fight. It will happen! Whatever the outcome, there will be an undisputed title fight early next year.”
Usyk has never been so evil. Alexander’s nervous but victorious battle.
However, in the last two fights, Usyk has experienced glaring problems, and on the eve of a possible meeting with the Gypsy King, this could be a key factor. Anthony Joshua after the first fight realized that Alexander had problems with body shots. And in general, this has always been a kind of “Achilles heel” for the current champion. For example, even as an amateur, Artur Beterbiev double-ended Usyk with body shots. What is more revealing is that on both occasions the judges did not count legitimate strikes.
In the rematch, Joshua worked actively on the ground, more than a quarter of the Briton’s accurate blows (37 out of 124) hit Alexander’s body, and this had its effect. It’s no coincidence that Dubois adopted precisely that tactic and throughout the fight he was looking for an opportunity to punch hard to the body. Warren confirmed it: “Dubois worked on this in the field, in this he saw Usyk’s weakness.”
Also, the fight with Dynamite showed problems with the defense. Usyk, who used to work quickly on punches and get around the opponent, this time accepted trades and periodically missed. In fact, Alexander outclassed Dubois because of the thrown jab: 52 jabs to Daniel’s 13. But in terms of power shots, there is almost parity: 36 to 34 in favor of the champion. In part, this image was due to Usyk not being as fast as we used to see him. Only Dubois’s level did not allow him to be punished for this, and even such footwork was enough for Alexander to successfully get out of the line of impact. In addition, the British in his team did not show the highest level and did not use his strength in the form of power. Derek Chisora also noted this: “I’ll be honest: the body shot was the only normal punch. Everything else was lousy. I don’t know why Dubois didn’t use his body. Why didn’t he fight this guy, he grabbed him and pressured him? He wasn’t. He was trying to make the fight comfortable, damn it. And this is not the place to do it.”
All of Usyk’s problems risk turning fatal in a fight with Fury. Tyson is known to everyone for the fact that, in addition to knockout power, he also has technique. This is a much more perfect fighter compared to Joshua and Dubois. The gypsy king is quite capable of punishing a stagnant opponent, and it is necessary to select more effective tactics for him.
Usyk definitely needs a fight with Fury:
Usyk needs to fight Fury even if it’s free. You can’t achieve greatness without the gypsy
Fury will not simply hang on the body or the head of the Mustache, but will begin to pick up the keys and pull Alexander. Also, Tyson will not be able to drive away with blows, he himself will put a convenient distance. And we must not forget that, despite his size, the Briton is a very technical and fast boxer. Also, he is unlikely to be knocked down with a power punch.
The tendril of recent fights will be easy prey for Fury. To become the absolute world champion, you have to prove much more.