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Evander Holyfield questions why Tyson Fury is not facing Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury

Boxing legend Evander Holyfield wants to know why undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) is fighting a boxing debutant in a non-title bout in his next match.

The 35-year-old Brit is set to take on former UFC champion Francis Ngannou under boxing rules in a 10-round bout in Saudi Arabia on October 28.

For much of the year the boxing world held its collective breath in hope of a fight between Fury and WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksanr Usyk 20-0 (13) but it wasn’t to be. Usyk will now defend his three world titles against Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois 19-1 (18) in Wroclaw, Poland on August 26.

Ukrainian southpaw Usyk, 36, has something in common with Holyfield: both were undisputed cruiserweight champions before moving up to boxing’s glamour division and winning more world titles.

Intenrational Boxing Hall of Famer Holyfield expressed his dismay that talks between the Fury and Usyk camps fell apart.

“Why [Fury] ain’t fighting Usyk?” Holyfield said to KO Artists Sports.

“Tyson Fury is a good fighter, but Usyk, he’s a slick guy. He’s a slick guy, he moving, and he can take a shot. So the whole big thing is you have to see two people fight to find out what the truth is.”

Holyfield added he expected Fury to be troubled by Usyk’s speed, angles and mobility.

“Bigger guys don’t fight better than little guys, that’s it. Little guys are skilful all the time, but big guys are always with the power. It’s different with Tyson Fury,” he said.

“He’s a big guy but he box real well and he showed he do have some power so he different and he makes this fight different but nobody gonna be faster than Usyk. It will be hard to outbox him and that may be the difference.”

Holyfield was part of a golden era in heavyweight boxing that saw him compete against such luminaries of the sport as Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe.

He fought them all across his storied 27-year pro career.

The same cannot be said for the current crop of heavyweights. A fight between Fury and his long term rival Anthony Joshua 26-3 (23) has been discussed for years but failed to come to fruition.

Retired world champion turned pundit Carl Froch believes Joshua would sink rather than swim if he was boxing in the 1990s.

“When you see how ‘AJ’ lost to Andy Ruiz and then the back-to-back defeats to Oleksandr Usyk, I just think the way in which he lost those fights, would you put him in there with an Evander Holyfield? Or Mike Tyson or Lennox Lewis?” Froch said to talkSPORT.

“I feel like the workmate and the ability to take punches was better back then. I don’t think that AJ belongs in that era of the 80s or 90s.”

“I don’t think you would be able to say that he belongs in that era, based on the losses. He’d be in there and letting shots go, but he’d be getting flattened.”