12 Mar

Carl's Forecast for the Fight for the Absolute Title

Former British boxer Carl Froch commented on the upcoming fight between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) and the holder of the WBO, WBA, IBO, and IBF titles, Oleksandr Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs).

"I don't think the fight with Usyk will happen. If it does, then Fury must really love money, because he already has enough. He doesn't need to fight. If he boxes Usyk, he'll be beaten—if I'm not mistaken, and Fury just doesn't take the sport seriously.

When I watched that series on Netflix ('At Home with the Furys'), he had psychological ups and downs. If he takes boxing seriously, enjoys it, is happy and at his peak, he trains properly.

Maybe you'll see the best Tyson Fury for the last time. He could step into the ring with Usyk, be too big for him, too fast, defeat him and dominate him, and then, hopefully, he will retire.

But, first, I don't think the fight will happen. Second, if it does, if Fury doesn't rekindle the old flame—he'll be easily beaten.

I don't think it will be a knockout or anything like that. I just think that Usyk will win on points or possibly by a late stoppage, because he's much smaller than Fury and a bit lighter. Usyk is currently gaining weight, but he's past his prime.

In the next two to three years, there won't be Fury, AJ, or Usyk. They'll all disappear, and then you'll have Daniel Dubois and a guy named Jared Anderson coming up. New heavyweights will emerge. Joe Joyce won't be around. He should retire anyway," said Froch.

The fight for the world absolute champion title between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk is scheduled for May 18 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.