"Shocking comeback": Britain reacts to the Usik-Fury fight
The return of Russian Sergey Kovalev (35-4-1, 29 KOs) to the ring on the undercard of the fight between Oleksandr Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs) and Tyson Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) caused a serious stir. Fans and experts were surprised by this choice of the organizers of the show on February 17 in Riyadh.
The popular British portal Boxing Social called Kovalev's comeback a "shocking comeback" and doubted that he would take the fight against Swede Robin Sirvan Safar (16-0, 12 KOs) seriously. The 40-year-old native of Kopeysk, who has been living in the United States for a long time, will be making his second heavyweight fight.
"Fans have already begun speculating about how serious he is about his comeback and whether he can challenge to become a two-division world champion in 2024. The 31-year-old Safar is not ranked in the top 15 by any of the four sanctioning organizations, so Kovalev will likely be hoping that this fight will be the impetus for bigger fights and opportunities at heavyweight," the UK-based journalists noted.
Earlier, OBOZ.UA told readers about the connection between Tyson Fury and Ukraine. In addition, Alexander showed a video of his impressive preparation for the confrontation, which captivated the fans. And former welterweight world champion Shawn Porter expressed confidence that the confrontation between the Ukrainian and the Briton will not take place on February 17.
Recently, Fury recorded a formidable video of Usik during one of his training sessions. Former world champion Anthony Joshua (27-3, 23 KOs) gave his unequivocal prediction for the fight between Alexander and Tyson, and explained why our compatriot will win. And in Russia, they told us how the Ukrainian's move to the super-heavyweight division affected the division.
In addition, a Ukrainian boxer alarmed British fans with his training. And the sex symbol of world boxing, Australian Abani Bridges, made a categorical prediction about the confrontation between the Ukrainian and the British.
Frank Warren, Fury's promoter, does not consider the fight with Usik to be the most difficult in his client's career. In turn, Eddie Hearn expressed hope for the British victory. And former world champion Carl Froch dramatically changed his forecast for the fight.