Boxing news: Tyson Fury jokes with Oleksandr Usyk and sizes him up as pair meet for first time

19 Oct

Tyson Fury met Oleksandr Usyk for the first time and left and impression on him with a grab and a tickle on Friday night.

The pair were ringside for Artur Beterbiev’s unification knockout win over Oleksandr Gvozdyk in Philadelphia, with the ‘Gypsy King’ making his presence felt.

Fury approached Usyk, shook his hand and told him: “Stand up, let me see how big you are.”

He then proceeded to give him a friendly feeling-up as both men laughed and went their separate ways.

After winning the undisputed cruiserweight championship with all four world titles last year, Usyk has now moved up to heavyweight.

The Ukrainian won his debut in the division against Chazz Witherspoon last week and is now mandatory for the winner of the Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch.

Usyk stopped Chazz Witherspoon after seven rounds
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Fury has had mixed opinions about Usyk’s entry to the heavyweight division, first naming him as the biggest threat besides Deontay Wilder, and then saying he could beat the 32-year-old with one hand tied behind his back.

Ultimately though, the pair showed respect for one another when they met in person and could share the ring in future.

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