Fury vs Usyk: Tyson Fury Refuses to Face Oleksandr Usyk in the Subdued Final Press Conference - Latest Global News

Fury vs Usyk: Tyson Fury Refuses to Face Oleksandr Usyk in the Subdued Final Press Conference

Sometimes no words have more meaning than the words themselves.

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk embodied this in a respectful press conference, at the end of which the often lively “Gypsy King” chose in a final duel.

The heavyweight titans showed unwavering focus as they spoke for the final time before fighting for the undisputed heavyweight world title in Saturday night’s historic duel.

“He’s a scary looking guy,” Fury said Sky Sports when asked why he didn’t deal with Usyk.

“I’m just here now to relax and wait until I get in the ring on Saturday night. All conversations are done, all interviews are done. I’m really relaxed and focused.”

In pictures: Fury refuses to face Usyk

The traditional staredown was about to begin and Usyk turned to face his opponent

But Fury continued to look forward

He put on a show in front of the fans but refused to acknowledge Usyk

Usyk continued to stare at the Brit

But Fury didn’t answer. Maybe mind games?

Only a few words were exchanged at the final press conference

After a hectic, intense and occasionally ugly build-up, few words were exchanged during the final press conference as the week’s two main actors drew a final line under “speeches.”

They’re resting, they’re going to settle into the ring and do what they both do best.

“I’m excited. Let’s make history,” Usyk began.

To which Fury replied: “I’ll keep it short and sweet. I would like to thank Usyk for challenging me. I want to put on a show.”

“I’m ready. I have nothing to say except that I’m ready for a good fight and whether it’s hard or easy, I’m ready either way.”

Given the opportunity to deliver one final message, Usyk concluded: “Let your hands do the talking in the ring.”

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Fury and Usyk share their final words before Saturday’s big fight

The only, albeit minor, inkling that there was any last-second sledding before the fight came from Usyk’s manager Egis Klimas, who asked Fury why he called himself the lineal champion.

The lineal champion is referred to as the “man who beats the man”, with Fury having previously defeated the once dominant heavyweight of his era in Wladimir Klitschko, who had, however, failed to defeat the last undisputed champion in Lennox Lewis.

Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk also added some Henry Longfellow poetry to the mix and promised to bring Fury’s belt back to his homeland.

“The only task left is to pick up this green belt [WBC] and bring it back to Ukraine, the country where it belongs.”

Fury and Usyk are expected to take their ring walks from 11pm UK time this Saturday, with build-up coverage from 4pm Sky Sports box office.

It is one of the biggest sporting events in a generation. Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk collide for the undisputed world heavyweight championship live on Saturday, May 18th Sky Sports box office. Book the fight now.

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