TYSON FURY will suffer his first professional defeat in his undisputed heavyweight showdown with Oleksandr Usyk, it's been claimed.
The Gypsy King is on course to face the undefeated Ukrainian in a blockbuster Saudi showdown in December.
Slick southpaw Usyk put on an arguably a career-best performance in his rematch with Anthony Joshua earlier this month, a display that's convinced Hasim Rahman that he'll get the better of the Brit.
The former heavyweight champ told FightHype: “I think Usyk is the best heavyweight that’s currently fighting today.
“I think Fury imitates Usyk, and he’s had a lot of success with it.
"Fighting plodding, slow heavyweights [who aren’t] really boxing like that.
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"Everything Fury can do in boxing, Usyk can do it better.
Raham reckons' Uysk's cruiserweight "work ethic" will carry him to victory against Fury.
He added: “With heavyweights it’s different. Most heavyweights are lazy, and they don’t have that work ethic. With the smaller guys it’s a little different.
“With Usyk’s boxing IQ, that’s going to play a big, major part. A lot of time the smaller guys IQs kind of cancel each other out.”
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Fury, 34, ended his retirement after seeing Usyk box his way to a split-decision victory over Joshua.
Usyk's performance against AJ has lit a fire under WBC heavyweight king Fury.
A source close to the 34-year-old told SunSport: “Tyson is training really, really hard.
"He’s in fight mode and totally focused on Usyk.
"Ever since the Usyk vs Joshua fight ended he's been in the gym, on the road and sparring.
“He wants to be in the best shape of his life and is working towards a contest early in 2023.
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“Right now he is like a man possessed and retirement is the last thing on his mind.
"Training is where Tyson is happiest and right now he is working relentlessly:"
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