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“He’s a different fighter” – Tony Bellew says Tyson Fury had better chance of beating Oleksandr Usyk before making two major changes

Tony Bellew believes the old version of Tyson Fury would fare much better against Oleksandr Usyk than the new one.

Fury has undergone a massive stylistic overhaul over the past two years.

Fury has changed his style and trainer since beating Klitschko

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Fury has changed his style and trainer since beating KlitschkoCredit: Getty

“The Gypsy King” burst onto the world stage by completely dismantling Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 to win the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

Under the watchful eye of his uncle Peter Fury, the skillful Briton outwitted and outmaneuvered Klitschko with his clumsy and elusive points-fighting style.

Yet in recent years, the way Fury does his job has changed dramatically.

Since joining SugarHill Steward in 2021, he has become more of a top fighter.

Instead of poking and moving, the Mancunian now prefers to put his feet down and enforce his will.

This worked wonderfully in his second and third fights with Deontay Wilder, where he was able to negate the earth-shattering power of “The Bronze Bomber” by putting him on his heels.

However, Bellew believes Fury’s new style will play into Usyk’s hands when they fight for undisputed supremacy on May 18.

Speaking to Simon Jordan and Jim White on Thursday afternoon, Bellew said: “I think Tyson Fury had the best chance of beating him when he was with his uncle Peter Fury because that was when He was an unorthodox, tall and clumsy fighter who used his size and attributes to his advantage.

Bellew believes Usyk will beat Fury on points

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Bellew believes Usyk will beat Fury on pointsCredit: Getty Images-Getty

“Now he’s that fighter who loves to pressure fighters and go for a knockout under the brilliant SugarHill Steward at Kronk.

“He’s a different fighter now, he’s someone who’s looking for the knockout and that’s music to Oleksandr Usyk’s ears.

“I know because I’ve been around him, this boy is exceptional at what he does.

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“Make no mistake, there is another side to this coin.

“Tyson Fury could take over and he might be too heavy, but in my opinion and based on my experience, Oleksandr Usyk will win by a lot on points.

“We have to put this in context. If Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury were the same size, this fight wouldn’t even be up for debate.”

Bellew knows only too well how good Usyk is.

The Liverpudlian fought Usyk in 2018, during the Ukrainian’s cruiserweight era.

Despite a promising start, Bellew eventually came unstuck and was caught by a vicious one-two that left the Brit sprawled unconscious against the bottom rope.

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