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Deontay Wilder and Oleksandr Usyk tipped to clash for undisputed world title

Deontay Wilder speaks to youth boxers in the ring during a Media Access at Fitzroy Lodge Gym on July 26, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

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Former world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs predicts Deontay Wilder and Oleksandr Usyk could compete for the undisputed. Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua were expected to face each other this August for an undisputed heavyweight champion’s title.

However, an arbitration panel ruled the Gypsy King must face Wilder for the third time. Joshua, meanwhile, has been ordered to face mandatory challenger Usyk by the WBO, with a British venue touted for the encounter.

Don’t sleep on Wilder,” Briggs told Sky Sports . “Throughout the history of the boxing world, he is a freak of nature. He could crack anybody and knock them out with his power. We don’t know what he will come with in this fight.

“He might shock the world. Fury might have the wrong idea. If this guy knocks out Fury, then what? It is possible. Will there be a fourth fight?

“Fury can’t sleep on Wilder. With those skinny legs he shouldn’t hot that hard. But he hits sickly hard. It isn’t normal to hit that hard. But he can’t fight backing up.”

Briggs added: “The fight to get ready for is Usyk Vs. Wilder. We might have to get ready for that. Tough, tough, tough fight (for Joshua). A guy like that? Who can work like that? He is a king-sized Vasiliy Lomachenko.

“As the rounds go on, he gets stronger. The best chance for AJ is to catch him early. AJ is strong early, Usyk is strong late. This is AJ’s toughest fight – equally as tough as AJ versus Fury. If the ring is big, he [Usyk] will be hard to catch.”


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