Ex-opponent makes Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk prediction and backs the Ukrainian to ‘do very well’

Heavyweight contender Michael Hunter has backed his former foe Oleksandr Usyk to “do very well” against Tyson Fury if the two world champions meet in an undisputed fight.

Usyk is coming off his second win over Anthony Joshua after beating the Brit earlier this month in Saudi Arabia. 

AJ put in an improved showing, but ultimately it was Usyk who came into his own in the championship rounds to seal a historic victory. 

To the surprise of no one, Fury is now saying that he will come out of retirement to battle Usyk in a fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world.

Hunter has suggested that Fury vs Usyk would make for an "interesting fight" and one that the Ukrainian "would do very well" in.

Hunter told Sky Sports: "You know how to adjust a little bit more, you know how to adapt, make him use his own weight against him. I've been fighting big guys my whole career, professional and amateur.

"Against somebody that's kind of his size, then he can use his weight. Somebody that's tall like him, then he can be big like that.

But somebody that's on their feet like [Usyk], not to say he can't use his size because he is big, but it's a little bit harder.

"I think Usyk would need to make a couple of adjustments, but I don't think the weight will make as much of a difference as people think.

"That's just my opinion. He's an endurance athlete. He's going to move a lot. It's a styles-make-fights thing, a little different tactics to Usyk-Anthony Joshua. I think it would be interesting fight. I'm pretty sure that Usyk would do very well."

Hunter came up against Usyk in April 2017 when both were competing in the cruiserweight division.

The American gave a good account of himself but he lost to the WBO world cruiserweight champion on points. This is Hunter's only loss as a professional.

He also tussled with Fury while both heavyweights were competing as amateurs.

'The Bounty' returns to the ring on October 29 at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham.

Hunter will fight Hughie Fury in a rescheduled eliminator for Usyk's WBA world title.

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