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"A great advantage": Russian Povietkin speaks about the Usyk-Fury fight and answers the question of who he will support

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Povietkin praised the Usyk-Fury fight

The unified world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs) has every chance of defeating Tyson Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) thanks to his high-class technique. At the same time, our compatriot needs to be as careful as possible in the fight on May 18 due to the size advantage of his opponent.

This opinion was expressed in an interview with the news.ru portal by former heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Povietkin. According to the Russian former boxer, he will not be able to attend the show in Riyadh, but he will be watching it closely, waiting for the Ukrainian champion to win. He added that Fury's injury, which he allegedly received in sparring, could have been part of a strategy to prepare for the fight.

''A great advantage'': Russian Povietkin speaks about the Usyk-Fury fight and answers the question of who he will support
''A great advantage'': Russian Povietkin speaks about the Usyk-Fury fight and answers the question of who he will support

"You have to be on Fury's team to know for sure whether he took a break on purpose or accidentally got a cut. But my opinion: Fury is not a coward. I think Sasha can win because of his technique. He moves well on his feet, he's much faster than Fury. This is his main trump card. It's hard to say who will win the fight. I'll be rooting for Oleksandr, but Fury is a very dangerous and uncomfortable boxer. He has a big size advantage, so you need to be very careful with him and move very quickly," Povietkin said.

''A great advantage'': Russian Povietkin speaks about the Usyk-Fury fight and answers the question of who he will support
''A great advantage'': Russian Povietkin speaks about the Usyk-Fury fight and answers the question of who he will support

The fight between Usyk and Fury was originally scheduled for February 17, but the Gypsy King suffered a cut during sparring two weeks before the show. Tyson apologized for his injury, and a video of the incident was posted online.

The Briton also made a statement about the end of his career. The main reasons why Fury will not be able to refuse to enter the ring against the Ukrainian again were named.

''A great advantage'': Russian Povietkin speaks about the Usyk-Fury fight and answers the question of who he will support
''A great advantage'': Russian Povietkin speaks about the Usyk-Fury fight and answers the question of who he will support

When asked about the fake nature of the injury, Usyk criticized the Gypsy King. In addition, the fans reacted angrily to the situation.

The incident was also commented on by Croatian boxer Agron Smakic (20-2, 18 KOs), who dealt Fury the ill-fated blow. But ex-champion Carl Froch called the British fighter's injury suspicious.

''A great advantage'': Russian Povietkin speaks about the Usyk-Fury fight and answers the question of who he will support

Bookmakers reacted unexpectedly to the postponement of the Usyk-Fury fight, changing one of the quotes on its outcome. Two conditions were also revealed that the Ukrainian demanded to fulfill when he agreed to postpone his return to the ring on February 17. In addition, the media announced Tyson and Oleksandr's fees for the show.

''A great advantage'': Russian Povietkin speaks about the Usyk-Fury fight and answers the question of who he will support

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