After watching the fight on Saturday, former super middleweight world champion Carl Froch feels confident that WBC heavyweight king Tyson Fury will defeat WBO, IBF, WBA, IBO champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Usyk retained the titles with a very impressive twelve round decision win over Joshua in their rematch, which took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
During the fight, Joshua was able to stun Usyk a few times – including a big surge in the second half where Joshua appeared to hurt Usyk to the body. Usyk’s world class defensive abilities allowed him to weather the storm.
The outcome set the stage for a full division unification between Usyk and Fury, who recently announced his retirement from the sport – although most observers expect him to fight again.
Froch feels Fury is just too big for Usyk, who moved up from cruiserweight a few years ago.
“Tyson Fury is the best in the division,” Froch said on Sky Sports.
“He’s shown it time and time again. His fights against Deontay Wilder, the way in which he uses his size and reach, and is able to throw lots of punches from different angles and use his weight effectively. The weight would be such a big advantage for him in the way in which he would use that against Usyk.
“Tonight’s the first time I’ve seen him where I’ve thought he could get stopped here. He’s beatable. Tyson Fury can beat Usyk, definitely, and I think he’s number one.”
Cruiserweight world champion Lawrence Okolie, who is guided by Joshua’s management company, feels Fury will return for the contest with Usyk.
“I think the opportunity to become undisputed heavyweight world champion for both of them is going to be too much for anyone to say no to,” Okolie said. “So I think he (Fury) will come out for one last dance at least.”