"This is not a fitness competition": Fury makes confession before fight with Usyk
The owner of the World Boxing Council (WBC) belt, Tyson Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs), has admitted that his active preparation for the fight against Oleksandr Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs) will not last more than five weeks. The Gypsy King, as the Briton is called, noted that entering the ring is not a test of physical fitness.
Fury said this during a meeting with Usyk as part of The Gloves Are Off program on TNT Sports, the portal Boхing Social writes. According to the Manchester native, boxing skills do not depend on how much time a fighter spends in the gym and how many rounds he sparred.
"I don't start training long before the fights. I prepare for them for four to five weeks. How much training does a man need? Three to four weeks of sparring and one week of rest. And that's it - the preparation is done. We've been boxing all our lives since we were teenagers. How much training do we need? I'm sure we won't forget how to box. And it's not a fitness competition, is it? So I don't think we need more than five weeks of training," Fury said.
At the same time, former welterweight world champion Shawn Porter expressed confidence that the fight between the Ukrainian and the British would not take place on February 17.