Oleksandr Usyk thinks he’s already lost to Tyson Fury when it comes to press conference blunders.
Yet he remains confident he can defeat the Briton when the two finally step into the ring on February 17.
Both Usyk and Fury are unbeaten before that match, with the pair having won 21 and 34 matches respectively in their careers.
Their fight in the Middle East takes the form of a classic fight, especially when there is so much at stake.
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This is the first heavyweight match since the days of Lennox Lewis and Fury, there were fireworks at last week’s press conference.
The Gypsy King repeatedly insulted his upcoming opponent, labeling him ‘ugly’ and ‘ap***y’.
And Usyk has now admitted he can’t match Fury in theatrics, insisting it’s pointless to even try.
“Listen, I think, Tyson, he’s number one for press conferences,” the 35-year-old told Boxing King media when asked about the recent incident.
“Talks a lot. I can’t talk to him much, I try, but for me I think it’s not possible.”
“Tyson is [a] The first guy who blah blah blah blah blah.
“It’s good. I respect Tyson, Tyson’s team, yes. That’s how I live.”
However, Usyk vowed to always stand his ground when confronted and stressed that he ‘will not waver’ whenever it happens.
“But Tyson Fury touch[ed] Me,” he continued.
“I was like, listen, I’m ready to fight, always, every night, all the time.
“But a press conference, it’s like a show, but if you want to put pressure on me, I can’t relax.
“Please don’t touch me. We talk in the ring.”
Fury is a colorful character who often displays confidence whether in or out of the ring.
But he recently revealed he was depressed for two weeks following his controversial victory over Francis Ngannou late last month.
“I have two weeks of depression after every fight, and I’m just about to get over that,” he told Boxing Social.
“Just about coming back to reality… I know it will go away after about two weeks. I’ve got to get used to it.
“It’s all had its ups and downs. With every up comes an even bigger low.”
He continued, “Who called for this fight? Who called for Usyk vs. Fury? Who called for Undisputed? Who wants this fight?
“And now the fans understand, I don’t want to hear any complaints. No complaints.”
“When this fight wasn’t happening it seemed like everyone was happier than when it was signed.
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“Now I don’t know why, but now you’ve got what you want, enjoy it.
“‘It won’t happen, I was scared, I was running’ – then what’s happening now? I’m going to earn another hundred crores.”