Why Does Tyson Fury Call Usyk A Middleweight? Explained In Fury Chisora 3 Post Fight Press Conference
In the aftermath of Tyson Fury‘s 10th-round TKO win over decade-long rival Derek Chisora to retain his WBC heavyweight championship at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Fury explained to boxing media at his post-fight press conference why he calls his rival, unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, a Middleweight.
Fury stated that himself and Usyk were on the amateur circuit in the same time back in the mid 2000’s and at that point Fury was boxing at super heavyweight, he has never boxed below super heavyweight, whilst Usyk was competing at the middleweight limit where he famously lost to former welterweight champion Shawn Porter.
Tyson Fury “There is merit to this middleweight talk. When he was an amateur, when I was a super heavyweight when I was about 17-18, he was boxing at 75 KG’s (165 lbs). It ain’t just me saying ‘he’s a small man, he’s a middleweight’, there is merit to the middleweight talk. He has boxed at middleweight as an amateur, I’ve never boxed at anything but super heavyweight”
Usyk has competed at cruiserweight and heavyweight as a professional and won his olympic gold at amateur Heavyweight, which is the equivalent of cruiserweight. Fury and Usyk are likely to meet in Saudi Arabia for the undisputed heavyweight titles in the first quarter of next year – a fight that will be a real 50-50.
Why Does Tyson Fury Call Usyk A Middleweight?
Tyson Fury calls Usyk a Middleweight because Usyk boxed at the middleweight limit when they were in the amateurs together.