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Oleksandr Usyk v Tyson Fury 2 - Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of undisputed heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury as the pair get set for their hugely-anticipated rematch in Saudi Arabia in December.

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After delivering one of the fights of the year to determine the true king of the heavyweight division back in May, Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury are set to run it back with all the marbles on the line, once more.

The pair will meet on Saturday 21st December 2024, in Saudi Arabia, with Usyk looking to repeat, while Fury seeks revenge.

Originally, it was believed that Usyk would have to vacate his IBF strap ahead of his second encounter with the Englishman, as he would be unable to make a mandatory defence against Filip Hrgovic.

Thankfully, common sense prevailed and the sanctioning body allowed the Ukrainian to hold onto his hard-earned title.

Despite coming out victorious, Usyk (8/15) had to endure some torrid moments to do so. It remains to be seen if his body will stand up to further punishment, but, to date, the Ukrainian has always found a way to win.

Perhaps the most interesting intangible is how Fury (6/4) will respond to losing his undefeated record, will it inspire the ‘Gypsy King’ to reach new heights, or it will cause past demons to resurface?

We will soon find out.

For boxing to thrive, the best need to fight each other, and, with this bout, that is precisely what fight fans will be treated to, but who will be the ruler of the land of giants when the final bell rings?

Let’s have a look at the 'Tale of the Tape'…

Oleksandr Usyk v Tyson Fury
Tale of the Tape

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Oleksandr Usyk

Tyson Fury

Odds:

8/15

6/4

Age:

37

35

Nickname:    

'The Cat'

'The Gypsy King'

Height:

6ft 3ins

6ft 9ins

Reach:

78ins

85ins

Weight:

Heavyweight

Heavyweight

Trainer:

Sergey Lapin

SugarHill Steward

Record:

22-0 (14 KOs)

34-1-1 (24 KOs)

Last Fight:

Won - (SD) v Tyson Fury (May 2024)

Lost - (SD) v Oleksandr Usyk (May 2024)

Oleksandr Usyk
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Oleksandr Usyk is the best fighter in the world.

Yes, others, such as Terence Crawford and Naoya Inoue can stake a claim to the title, but it is hard to argue the case against the Ukrainian, at present.

The two-weight undisputed world champion has a ledger which stands up against those of the greats from years gone by.

In a career of dazzling achievements, his victory over Fury is the most impressive.

The 37-year-old gave away two stone in weight, six inches in height and seven inches in reach to a skilled, adaptable fighter who had proven himself to be amongst the best of his generation, yet Usyk found a way to win.

His accomplishment is made all the more remarkable given that he had to overcome great adversity. After a bright start for the former cruiserweight ruler, the ‘Gypsy King’ turned the tide in rounds four, five and six.

Usyk was hurt and tired. It appeared he had finally run into a man who was simply too big.

However, the boxer from Simferopol bit down on the gumshield and summoned every last ounce of resolve to take the fight to the Englishman.

In the ninth frame, the pressure of Usyk paid dividends as a left cross buzzed the WBC champion. The Ukrainian unleashed an onslaught of punches as Fury wobbled precariously, barely able to defend himself.

It appeared the end was nigh, but the referee felt the ‘Gypsy King’ had been held up by the ropes and delivered a count.

Precious respite for the Morecombe fighter.

Fury’s famed powers of recuperation kicked in and he heard the final bell, but it was Usyk’s arm that was raised.

If there are doubts regarding what we can expect from Fury in the rematch, there are no such concerns with Usyk; he will do what he always does: apply relentless mental and physical pressure through the use of feints and throw punches from angles his opponent will not expect.

Plan A has worked on 22 consecutive occasions, would you bet against it being successful once more?

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Footwork

Small at heavyweight

Jab

Lacks one-shot KO power

Ring IQ

Open to straight right hands

Use of angles

Vulnerable to the body

Tyson Fury
In Profile

Attempting to predict the thoughts of Tyson fury is nigh on impossible.

The ‘Gypsy King’ is a walking contraction. One day, he stated he’d fight Anthony Joshua for free, shortly after, he demanded £500 million to face his domestic rival.

Until this point, the only certainty with the 35-year-old was that he did not lose. But how Fury will respond to the first loss of his professional career is anyone’s guess.

It is entirely possible that defeat will spur the Englishman on to redouble his efforts in training, make minor adjustments and reach new heights in rematch.

Afterall, Fury’s camp was hampered by a cut sustained in sparring which caused his first encounter with the Ukrainian to be pushed back.

It is unclear at which point the ‘Gypsy King’ was able to spar once again, however, it is undeniable that injury meant his preparations were far from ideal.

While the right man won, the bout was close. Fury had great success in the second third of the fight and had the London 2012 Olympian hurt at one stage.

Due to versatility of the former unified heavyweight champion, he could employ wildly different tactics in their second encounter. The Morecombe man could add extra weight in the hope of using his size to bully his smaller rival.

Conversely, Fury could come in lighter if he feels out-boxing Usyk is the best route to victory.

While no one should be surprised if the ‘Gypsy King’ is able to get revenge, it's equally possible that the defeat will have inflicted a blow to the psyche from which Fury will be unable to recover.

The Englishman has spent years proclaiming that: ‘No man born of his mother,’ could beat him. If Fury truly believed his own statement, witnessing Usyk have his hand raised could have a detrimental effect.

Fury struggled with the new-found media attention after he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko, in 2015.

A positive test for a performance enhancing drug shortly afterwards caused the ‘Gypsy King’ to spiral into depression and addiction.

Fortunately for fury backers, the giant was able to rebuild his career and went on to have an epic trilogy with Deontay Wilder.

Will he be able to bounce back in time to earn redemption?

Only time will tell.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Footwork

Can switch off

Hand-speed

Takes risks

Powers of recovery

Declining

Versatility

Vulnerable to an overhand right

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All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.
 

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