Published On: Sat, Oct 19th, 2019

Boxing news: Tyson Fury sizes up Oleksandr Usyk as pair share funny meeting | Boxing | Sport

Tyson Fury sized up new heavyweight rival Oleksandr Usyk as the pair crossed paths on Friday night.

Both men were in attendance as Artur Beterbiev stopped Oleksandr Gvozdyk at Liacouras Center, Chicago.

Usyk was ringside to watch his friend and compatriot Gvozdyk and was spotted by Fury as the Englishman walked around the apron, posing with fans.

Usyk half got out of his seat to shake hands with Fury, who then urged the former undisputed cruiserweight world champion to stand up straight so he could jokingly size him up.

Fury crouched as if to measure up the southpaw before playfully squeezing his shoulders and stomach, with both men laughing.

Usyk made his debut in the blue-ribbon division last Saturday against Chazz Witherspoon, stopping his tune-up opponent in seven rounds.

He is the mandatory challenger for the WBO belt currently held by Andy Ruiz Jr and is expected to fight for it in his next bout, which could be against the winner of the rematch between Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua.

Fury does not currently wield a world title but remains undefeated and claims he is the lineal heavyweight champion.

The Gypsy King has thrown shade at Usyk in the past, telling CBS Sports: “I don’t think much about [Usyk]. He never enters the brain waves.

“I could probably beat Usyk with one arm tied behind my back and I’ll let you pick which one you want me to fight with, left or right. Either way, it’d be goodnight.”

Usyk was modest in his response to Fury’s comments, prior to his win over Witherspoon.

“The hardest [fight in the heavyweight division] would be Tyson Fury,” he told Behind the Gloves of the man who holds a 40lb weight and six-inch height advantage on him.

“And Deontay Wilder is the easiest. I just want to fight him. He has the [WBC] belt.”

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