Evander Holyfield has had his say on the potential fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, claiming that Usyk should be able to win despite being a much smaller build.
Fury is set to defend his WBC world title against Dillian Whyte in April and could later take on Usyk in what would be a highly anticipated fight.
“I can see Usyk giving him problems,” boxing legend Holyfield told The Sun, speaking about a potential duel between Fury and Usyk.
“So, I think the smart thing to do is eliminate this ‘I’m bigger than him so this and the other’ because everybody knows that small guys fight better, more skilful and faster than big guys. A big guy’s got the power and if they catch you they can hurt you! But can Tyson Fury hurt him?
“The thing is Tyson Fury is an OK puncher but he’s not a big puncher. So him not being a big puncher, he’s not going to be quicker than Usyk anyway.”
Continuing, Holyfield, The Real Deal, explained why he thinks the Ukrainian will be able to hit Fury more often. “The guy with faster hands will throw more punches,” he continued.
“That is a guy to duck by saying ‘Oh I’m a bigger guy I’m not going to fight him’. You’re the biggest guy and you fight a guy that is quicker but smaller, but most small guys are a lot better fighters too than big guys.
“Most little guys are always better than the big guys, a lot quicker and you’re very good with moving. What made me the fighter that I was is I was a lot smaller than most, so it was very easy for me to hit them and I was a lot quicker.”