Boxing: Fury against Usyk, a fight for the biggest prize in heavyweight history

QIt seems like it was yesterday when Oleksandr Usyk stated that his intention was to equalize two great achievements of Evander Holyfield, who to date remains the only boxer who has been undisputed champion at cruiserweight and heavyweight. Usyk has just defeated Murat Gassiev in the final of the World Boxing Super Series (2018) and thus reunited the four belts in a division – cruise ship – that usually goes too unnoticed.

Since then, ‘The Cat’ got to work to adapt to combat against larger rivals, without giving up his essence, his technical and agile boxing that makes him a different and entertaining heavyweight to watch, even if he does not pursue the KO. But this Saturday the time finally comes to embrace his dream, although to do so he will have to beat Tyson Fury, a giant boxer, with long arms, intelligent and highly mobile for his size. If the ‘Gypsy King’ has managed to improve his physical condition, the spectacle will be unmatched.

The winner will receive the four champion belts, that is, those awarded by the four main boxing organizations: World Boxing Council (WBC)World Boxing Association (WBA)World Boxing Organization (WBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF). And it is worth pointing out that Never before in the era of the four belts had they all been put into play in the same heavyweight fight..

If Usyk defeated Fury, his ‘undisputed’ would be slightly different from those achieved by Holyfield, since ‘The Real Deal’ was the absolute champion in cruiser and heavyweight when there were only three recognized organizations in professional boxing. It is also worth noting that The last undisputed heavyweight king was Lennox Lewis, back in 1999, after defeating Holyfield in their second fight..

Undisputed heavyweight champions (1983-2007)

There were only three belts: WBA, WBC, IBF

  • Mike Tyson – 6 defenses
  • Buster Douglas – 0 defenses
  • Evander Holyfield – 3 defensemen
  • Riddick Bowe – 0 defenses
  • Lennox Lewis – 0 defenses
 
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