Unpredictable Tyson Fury has the right mentality and boxing skills to beat Anthony Joshua, says Oleksandr Usyk

TYSON FURY is an 'unpredictable boxer' with the right mentality and boxing skills required to beat Anthony Joshua, according to Oleksandr Usyk.

Usyk – who beat Joshua last year to take his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight belts – is set to rematch the Brit in August.

But the Ukrainian champ, 35, had high praise for Fury when SunSport sat down with him in late 2020.

Usyk told SunSport: "I should say that Tyson Fury is an unpredictable boxer.

"He has the right mentality and the boxing skills required [to beat Joshua].

"But it is boxing so I can’t predict what would happen and how such a fight would end.

"But we will have to wait and see and I would be sure to watch."

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After unifying the cruiserweight division, Usyk stepped up to heavyweight and saw off both Joshua and Dereck Chisora in impressive fashion.

The two-weight world champ is confident that an all-British showdown between Fury and AJ could eventually happen.

But with a rematch against AJ on the cards later this summer, his focus is solely on keeping his own belts secure.

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In Joshua's camp meanwhile, confidence is high that the Watford-born ace can reclaim his crown.

And new coach Robert Garcia reckons Joshua is the most "talented" and hardest-hitting heavyweight on the planet.

He told Little Giant Boxing: "Still now, a year ago, two years ago, if you asked me, 'Who is the most talented heavyweight?' I've always said Anthony Joshua.

"Talent-wise, [Tyson] Fury is a different beast, a different monster.

"Usyk is very technical and difficult because he's smaller and fast.

"[Deontay] Wilder, tremendous power. Everybody has their own unique qualities.

"But overall, if you're talking about talent, I pick Anthony Joshua. And another thing Anthony Joshua has is insane power.

"Oh my gosh, he's got great power. More than anybody else I think."

Oleksandr Usyk was speaking after launching the WePlay Ultimate Fighting League in partnership with WePlay Esports.

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