Pound-for-pound boxer Oleksandr Usyk’s training team member Sergey Lapin is brimming with confidence with the fact that the Ukrainian has the potential to defeat the reining WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury despite their size disparity. The handlers for both world champions are in talks for a high-profile undisputed fight in the first half of 2023.
Oleksandr Usyk’s trainer believes he can defeat Tyson Fury
Lapin revealed that after watching Fury up close, he is more confident than ever in Oleksandr Usyk’s ability to win.
“We came to London to watch Fury and Derek Chisora. We watched Fury up close at ringside with great interest. Our team highlighted many interesting moments from this fight,” Lapin told Vegas Insider.
“There are many subtleties that you won’t see on TV, for example, the work of the team, the connection between a boxer and his coach. Whether the boxer follows the instructions of the trainer or not. There are weaknesses.”
“After seeing Fury in the flesh, our team is even more confident that Usyk will prevail and become undisputed and bring that WBC green belt home to Ukraine. The threat that Fury poses is no greater and no tougher than Anthony Joshua. We know how that ended for Anthony. We are very confident of beating Fury.”
Earlier this month, Fury retained the WBC heavyweight title over Derek Chisora in a trilogy fight. Oleksandr Usyk and his handlers were ringside at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. They were examining all of Fury’s movements at close range.
Meanwhile, Oleksandr Usyk, who holds the WBO, IBF, WBA, IBO world titles, is coming off back to back decision wins over Anthony Joshua.
Fury will hold a significant advantage over Usyk in the potential bout in every physical category. However, Usyk could use his quickness to his advantage against Tyson Fury.