Tyson Fury explains true feelings on Oleksandr Usyk ahead of blockbuster boxing fight - 'This is not'

Tyson Fury explains true feelings on Oleksandr Usyk ahead of blockbuster boxing fight - 'This is not'

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 10/04/2024

- 13:28

Updated: 10/04/2024

- 13:41

The two men will do battle in Saudi Arabia in 40 days' time

Tyson Fury has insisted there's no bad blood between himself and Oleksandr Usyk ahead of their fight on May 18.

The Gypsy King has called a snap press conference 40 days before the showdown, which will take place in Saudi Arabia.

Fury has been training hard and appeared at ease as he spoke in front of the cameras, cutting a relaxed figure in the process.

There have been rumours that he and Usyk don't see eye to eye, only adding to the fascination surrounding their upcoming showdown.

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Boxing news: Tyson Fury has insisted his fight with Oleksandr Usyk is 'business' instead of 'personal'


Yet Fury insists that isn't the case and that their fight is merely business, instead of being personal.

"This is not personal. It's strictly business for both fighters," said the 35-year-old, who has won 34 of his 35 fights so far.

"I don't hate him and he don't hate me. He's a good husband, a god-fearing man.

"I respect him as a man and a fighter."

Fury was asked about his press conference with Usyk back in November, with the Ukrainian rarely speaking during that event.

"He doesn't speak English for one, so..." he joked when asked why Usyk didn't speak often.

"He speaks a little bit but it's very difficult to speak to an encyclopedia of boxing who speaks in English when you speak in broken English.

"So you get a foreigner in front of me... you get any British or American up here, nobody has ever competed with me on speaking.

"Especially not some foreign man who speaks broken English.

"As for all the stuff his camp have said this is show business, this is entertainment, this is everything.

"So if they don't talk about what's going on people will lose interest, yada yada yada.

"So they've got to talk s**t. It's a must. If you don't talk smack in this game you ain't gonna make it."

He added: "Usyk's team are all decent people.

"I saw Usyk's manager in Saudi recently, having a bit of fun with him and shook his hand.

"He's a nice fella you know. He's just doing the best he can."


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Boxing news: Tyson Fury cut a relaxed figure when speaking ahead of his mouthwatering showdown with Oleksandr Usyk


During his last fight against Francis Ngannou, back in October, Fury struggled.

The 35-year-old was knocked to the canvas and only won via split decision, with the world stunned by his abject display.

But Fury has been 'training hard' and revealed he has brought his father, John, into his camp in order to boost his chances of victory.

"Yeah, I'm training hard obviously," he revealed.

"I'm in fantastic shape, obviously. And I've got a massive fight coming up, obviously.

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Boxing news: Tyson Fury has hailed Oleksandr Usyk as a 'good husband' ahead their fight this May


"There's no room for error, no room for any problems.

"40 days out, feeling fantastic and I know all boxers say the same like 'oh s**t I'm having a fantastic training camp yada yada yada.'

"But I actually am having a fantastic training camp. I've got a good team around me, no complaints.

"I'm working very hard, got my dad in camp this time, got my secret weapon with me this time as well.

"I've got Ty Mitchell in, I've got all the boys, all the girls are in camp. We've got a full circus camp. Can't do anything more really."

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