Tyson Fury clued in on Oleksandr Usyk 'weakness' he can expose in undisputed heavyweight showdown

Tyson Fury has been tipped to zero in on a notable weakness of rival boxer Oleksandr Usyk in their upcoming undisputed heavyweight world title clash.

The much-hyped bout between heavyweight titans Fury and Usyk is scheduled two weeks from now, taking place in Saudi Arabia on May 18. Originally intended for February, the match had to be postponed due to a severe cut Fury sustained above his eye during a training session. Usyk, known for being 'body weak', is thought to present an area of exploitation for Fury. Artur Beterbiev, light-heavyweight world champ, who previously delivered a knockdown punch to Usyk in their Olympic bout as amateurs with a body shot, suggests that Fury tap into this vulnerability.

When asked if targeting Usyk's physique should be part of Fury's strategy, he responded whilst speaking to Queensbury Promotions: "I think yes, not [just] that but sometimes need to punch there too." Beterbiev commented on the exciting fight looming ahead: "It's boxing, it's heavyweight and I don't know. It's going to be a good fight I think, they are preparing well.", reports the Mirror.

Usyk has remained absent from the boxing ring following his eight-month-ago knockout victory over Daniel Dubois, a match marred by controversial allegations of a low blow. At Fury's most recent face-off, he staged a comeback after hitting the canvas to win a contentious points battle against ex-UFC champion Francis Ngannou.

Usyk is aiming to become a two-weight undisputed world champion against Fury, having previously held all four belts at cruiserweight. Lawrence Okolie, a former world champion, believes that Usyk's age may be a disadvantage and has backed Fury for the win. Speaking to Mirror Fighting, he said: "I think he will be able to adapt if the fight is not going his way."

"I think Usyk is very good but a lot of the stuff he does well, I think he will struggle to do against someone with the size and skill level of Fury. I think he's fallen into the heavyweight trap where his main attribute has been movement. He's also not been as active in Fury in recent months.

Usyk was sent to the canvas by Dubois, but the referee deemed that the shot was illegal -Credit:Getty Images
Usyk was sent to the canvas by Dubois, but the referee deemed that the shot was illegal -Credit:Getty Images

"Usyk is a fantastic boxer but is style is based a lot on conditioning, slipping and pivoting round. I don't know how that fairs in a fight that he has to go looking for Fury rather than Fury coming looking for him. The age factor too, Usyk is now 37 so I don't think he'll have the same legs for the whole 12 rounds that he had when he was 29."