‘If size mattered’….Usyk delivers KILLER one-liner ahead of Tyson Fury blockbuster

Size will be a huge topic of conversation in the countdown to that massive Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk showdown on Saturday night.

Fury (34-0-1) and Usyk (21-0) will lock horns in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in a bid to give boxing a first undisputed world heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis way back in 1999.

Former cruiserweight king Usyk has been a perfect 5-0 since stepping up to heavyweight, but he has not fought anybody as big as Fury yet. And he will give up massive advantages in both height and weight on Saturday night.

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The Ukrainian genius stands ‘just’ 6ft 3ins tall – some six inches shorter than the giant Fury. And he weighed 221lbs (15st 11lbs) for his last bout – a win over Daniel Dubois in August 2023. Fury meanwhile weighed 277lbs – exactly four stones or 56lbs heavier – when he scraped past Francis Ngannou last October.

Usyk has so far defused the skills of bigger men on his journey to becoming the IBF, WBA, WBO and Ring magazine heavyweight champion – most notably in those brilliant back-to-back wins over Anthony Joshua in 2021 and 2022.

And he clearly believes that his speed and bewildering ringcraft can neutralise Fury’s natural physical advantages on Saturday night.

Usyk on Fury size difference

The 37-year-old goes by the moniker of ‘The Cat’ and he used a wildlife analogy to sum up what he makes of the doom mongers believing he will be too small when he finally gets in the ring with Fury.

Speaking to Top Rank ahead of Saturday’s bout, he said quite simply: “Size doesn’t matter. If size matter, king of animal would be elephant.”

Latest odds

The betting suggests the oddsmakers believe Usyk’s assertion that size will not be the key factor on Saturday – no longer is Fury a hot favourite to unify the belts in the Kingdom Arena.

Now it is virtually a pick em fight with Fury holding a very slight edge and some firms evening going 10/11 for both men.

When is Fury vs Usyk?

Ring walks for the ‘fight of the century so far’ begin shortly after 11pm UK time on Saturday May 18 – that is 6pm Eastern Time in the U.S. or 3pm PST on the West Coast.

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You can watch or stream the bout live on DAZN PPV, Sky Sports Box Office or TNT Sports Box Office in the UK. Or on ESPN PPV or DAZN PPV in the U.S.

The cost of the PPV in the UK is around £24.99 while U.S. fans will need to pony up $69.99 to watch the proceedings from the Middle East.