Wilder looked 'really awful' after weight gain and Fury can't do 'anything serious' to Usyk, says Ukrainian's promoter
12th October 2021

OLEKSANDR USYK'S promoter said Deontay Wilder looked 'really awful' after his massive weight gain.

And neither Wilder or Tyson Fury could do 'anything serious' to Usyk, who recently dethroned Anthony Joshua.

Wilder in turn set the Ukrainian up with his shot at AJ after winning the right to his contracted trilogy bout with Fury, who was in talks with Joshua.

And after single handily cancelling the Battle of Britain, he was given his shot at redemption against the Gypsy King, who had beaten him last year.

Wilder bulked up to a career-heaviest 17STONE, but was later knocked out by Fury in round 11.

Usyk's promoter Alexander Krassyuk criticised the decision to pile on the pounds, and said not even Fury has what it takes to beat his man.

Krassyuk told SunSport: "Well, Fury won and he deserved the victory.

"The first thing I didn’t like was the shape of Wilder. He made this extra weight which didn’t make him look good.


"He looked awful, really, really awful because he couldn’t make it with his body, he didn’t get used to that extra weight and he didn’t feel good.

"In the fourth round he was already done and survived the rest of the fight till near the end.

"But Fury looked fresh though he had some extra weight on his body, he performed better movements and his conditioning was much better.

"But I didn’t like the way he won because Wilder, let’s say, was ‘dead’ after the fourth round, it took Fury more than six rounds to finish the fight so he didn’t try to box but tried to knock him out, to severely damage him.

"It definitely wasn’t a boxing match. Coming back to Usyk, both guys – Wilder and Fury – in the shape they performed in the fight are a sweet dessert for Usyk because none of them performed with boxing skills.

"If Usyk shows his technique, his style of technique I don’t think either Fury or Wilder can do anything serious to Usyk."

Fury, 33, floored Wilder, 35, in the third but had to twice get off the canvas just minutes later in the following round.

He then regained control, to score another knockdown in round ten before closing the show in dramatic fashion with a round to spare.

Just two weeks earlier, in a contrasting fight and performance, Usyk outclassed AJ over 12 rounds to take the unified belts home.

Krassyuk admitted he predicted Fury would lose to Wilder, but hailed the epic trilogy fight which he provided analysis for on Ukrainian TV.

He said: "My understanding was that Fury was going to lose on Saturday night. I thought he will get knocked out by Wilder. It wasn’t an analytical thought.

"I’ve been in boxing for 16 years, it was just another intuition that said Fury has very high chances to lose against Wilder.

"Of course he didn’t lose. I was in the studio for the commentary. That was a spectacular performance, absolutely spectacular.

"And the fans, I’m sure, every and each fans no matter whose fan either Joshua’s or Fury’s or Wilder’s, everyone enjoyed the fight because it was a real fight.

"It wasn’t a ‘boxing’ match; it was a fight. But the thing that I noticed is, exactly what I just mentioned, it was not a boxing match but it was a fight where two warriors came into the ring fighting and were fighting to the death.

"What I can say is none of them impressed me with their boxing. Both guys had bug hearts, both were focused on the victory.

"Both were down more than once."

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