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Ricky Hatton tips Tyson Fury to defeat Oleksandr Usyk but doesn’t rule out the upset

Tyson Fury and Ricky Hatton
Tyson Fury and Ricky Hatton

With the news late last month that a deal had been signed for WBC heavyweight titleholder Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) to face WBA, WBO, IBF and Ring Magazine champion Oleksandr Usyk 21-0 (14) in Saudi Arabia on a date to be determined, boxers and pundits are lining up to tip the winner of the fight.

Former IBF and WBA junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton is the latest ex-boxer to weight in with his opinion, predicting his countryman Fury will prevail but not without some problems.

Fury, 35, should have too much versatility for the 36-year-old Ukrainian southpaw, according to Hatton.

“I think [Fury] is [the favorite] but it’s not beyond the realms of impossibility [that Usyk wins],” Hatton told Mighty Tips.

“When you think Tyson has the height, the reach, he can box southpaw, orthodox, stand there, sit in there and have fight, he can sit and sway and move and make you miss off the backfoot.

“He can lean, counterpunch, he does everything Usyk does and he’s got the strength and weight advantage. But it’s not a foregone conclusion. I can’t see anything other than a Tyson win.”

Fury’s next fight is a 10-round non-title bout against boxing debutant and former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia on October 28. If he gets through that fight unscathed as expected, the Usyk bout could take place before the end of the year.

Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk will present a unique challenge for Fury, who despite having a six-inch height and reach advantage will not have ever faced a boxer with the unified champion’s distinct set of skills.

“Fury has fought your Dillian Whytes, your Deontay Wilders and with no disrespect intended, the big lump heavyweights who can stand there and have it,” Hatton continued.

“He is the smaller man but what Tyson needs to do to adapt from his fights with Whyte, Wilder and his fight in Saudi Arabia, all he has fought is big lumps and all of sudden he’s got a smaller man who might be a little bit nippy, in and out and probably causes another problem that Tyson might not have been used to for four or five years.

“I think Tyson wins but the size difference against the smaller man causes problems he might not have had in the last four or five years.

“Usyk has a good chin but I don’t think he’s been hit by someone of the size of Tyson. The main problem Tyson is used to fighting 20-stone heavyweights.

“It’ll be difficult for Tyson but he’ll prepare properly in the gym and I think he will have his game plan sorted and win the fight.

“But if it did go the other way I wouldn’t go ‘wow that is a shock’ but you would have to be a brave man to go against Tyson because of all the advantages he has.”