Tyson Fury believes Oleksandr Usyk is ‘nowhere near as tough’ as his old pal Derek Chisora

Tyson Fury has belittled future foe Oleksandr Usyk by claiming the two-weight world champion is “nowhere near as tough" as Derek Chisora.

'The Gypsy King' returned to the ring earlier this month to fight Chisora at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

This was essentially a tune-up fight before he faces Usyk in an undisputed bout next year.

But Fury vs Chisora proved to be an uncomfortable watch as 'Del Boy' took a lot of punishment and was carried into the latter rounds by his old pal in their trilogy.

Despite this, Fury has defended Chisora and suggested that his eventual contest with Usyk will not be "tough".

"I don't think it is a tough fight," Fury told iFL TV. "I don't think it's nowhere near as tough as old Del Boy.

"He will not stand up to those punches that Derek did against me. When I watch the fight between him and Derek, whether people want to admit it or not, it was a 50/50 fight.

"It might have been 55/45, but it wasn't a landslide. It wasn't like he didn't win a round, like he didn't against me."

Fury added: There's not a man born that can beat me and I'll stand and prove it against anybody. I've proved it time and time again, I'm right there on my own.

"I've seen people like Usyk many times before, smaller man that come up a weight to fight the heavyweight champion and 99 per cent of the time they get roughed up.

"You can never underestimate anybody but from where I am in my life at the moment, I would want to take him out quite quickly. I'd like to get him in there in February, make an example out of him, then give him a rematch at Wembley.

"If the Middle East can deliver like they've said, we'll do it there and if not we'll do it in England at Wembley because I can deliver in this country."

It looks likely that Fury will face Usyk by the end of April in Saudi Arabia.

Fury is wiser than he comes across and it is safe to assume that he is taking Usyk more seriously than he appears to be from his comments here.

While Fury clearly has the size advantage for this fight, Usyk is arguably the better boxer and he will be the toughest test the Brit could possibly have.

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