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Peter Fury has claimed Oleksandr Usyk is “a serious heavyweight and a serious talent” ahead of Anthony Joshua's fight against the undefeated Ukrainian.
Unified heavyweight champion Joshua is set to face Usyk on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
While AJ was initially expected to face Tyson Fury this year in an all-British heavyweight unification bout, talks collapsed and a fight between Joshua and Usyk was booked instead.
Usyk, a former Olympic gold medalist, has only fought twice at heavyweight before, defeating Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora. Despite this lack of experience in the weight class, Peter Fury believes the Ukrainian stands a good chance against AJ and has claimed he wouldn’t be shocked if Usyk pulled off the upset in September.
"He's [Usyk] very dangerous," said Fury, who was in Tyson’s corner during the Gypsy King’s world heavyweight title triumph in 2015.
"It's not a walk in the park. Forget cruiserweight. This guy, he's had a couple of fights in the heavyweight division, he's adjusted, he's put the necessary weight on.
"He's a serious heavyweight and a serious talent, so it will be a good fight."
"Yes, of course he has [enough power to gain Joshua's respect]," he told Sky Sports.
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"He's an accurate puncher and anybody in the fight trade knows when you're in that body weight bracket, when you're punching correctly, any punchers can do damage.
"Yes, he belongs in the division and he's a serious threat. It's a serious fight. Full credit to Joshua for taking that fight.
"I think it will ultimately be a battle of skills, because you can't run into danger. It's a fight that I'm looking forward to see. It's a great fight, a good match-up."
Joshua is set to face undefeated Ukrainian Usyk on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The clash is arguably set to be AJ’s toughest test to date.
Usyk is considered by many to be one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world having previously defeated the likes of Tony Bellew, Derek Chisora, and Murat Gassiev.
Joshua will certainly still be the favourite going into the bout, following his solid last outing against Kubrat Pulev as well as his significant size and power advantage.
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However, it goes without saying that Usyk is far from a mere stepping-stone towards an all-British unification bout with Tyson Fury.
Anthony Joshua is set to face former cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk in a bout expected to take place on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
It will be Usyk’s third bout at heavyweight and Joshua’s WBA, IBF, and WBO belts will all be on the line.
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