Oleksandr Usyk teases Tyson Fury over ‘middleweight’ jibes as undisputed clash draws nearer

For his first clash with Joshua, Usyk came in at a career-heaviest weight of 221.5lbs, before weighing in marginally lighter for last summer’s rematch. With his first victory over Joshua, Usyk became WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion, and the Ukrainian retained the titles with his second win against the Briton.

Those results also kept Usyk unbeaten (20-0, 13 knockouts), while Fury is also undefeated (33-0-1, 24 KOs). The 34-year-old stopped Dillian Whyte and Chisora in 2022 to retain the WBC heavyweight title twice.

Prior to turning professional, Usyk’s first major accolade came at middleweight, as he took home a European bronze medal in the weight class in 2006. Two years later, the Ukrainian won European gold at light-heavyweight.

He went on to win an amateur world title at heavyweight in 2011, before claiming Olympic gold in the same division at London 2012.

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