Oleksandr Usyk team send clear Tyson Fury message ahead of undisputed heavyweight title fight

Oleksandr Usyk looks on
Oleksandr Usyk has mocked Tyson Fury's physique ahead of their bout -Credit:Richard Pelham/Getty Images

Oleksandr Usyk has cheekily commented that Tyson Fury appears "skinny" just days before their undisputed world title showdown.

The pair are set to face off this Saturday in a bid to become the first undisputed heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999. The start of fight week was marred by an unsavoury incident when Fury's father, John, headbutted a member of Usyk's team, resulting in a bloody wound and a significant cut on his forehead.

As Fury made his grand entrance on Tuesday evening in Riyadh, Usyk's promoter Alex Krassyuk quipped: "He looks skinny, who is the middleweight now? That's because he's nervous, when you are nervous you lose weight or gain weight, like his father."

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Usyk echoed these sentiments, observing about his opponent: "He looks smaller a little bit, light skinny. Fury then dismissed talks of him coming in at career-lightest weight for the fight. ".

Fury, however, brushed aside suggestions that he would be entering the ring at his career-lightest weight for the fight. "I'll tell you my weight, it's about 19-stone. I wish I was [240/250lb] but I'm around 19-stone.

"I've been in good shape, I've two or three camps back to back. People say to me all the time 'You're looking skinny' but I'm weighing the exact same on the scales I've been using for the last 10 years," he retorted, reports the Mirror.

"I predict somebody's 0 has got to go," Fury said of the fight. "Someone's 0 has to go to and it's going to be that team over there unfortunate for them. Usyk is a great fighter, Olympic gold medalist, cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion. Unfortunately for him, he has to come up against the great Tyson Fury in the era of me.

"I'm really looking forward to Saturday night. Even if he had 20-million people screaming his name, they cannot fight for him on the night. When there's two men in there on the night, it's going to be daunting when he's got The Undertaker in the ring with him. I'm coming for you sucker, sausage."