Michael Bisping Calls $10M Penalty In Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk ‘Unfair’ For Ukrainian

"The Count" thinks the penalty on Fury vs. Usyk is not a good call.

Michael Bisping Talks Fury Us Usyk
Michael Bisping Talks Fury Us Usyk - Image credit @tysonfury Instagram @MichaelBisping Youtube
  • Michael Bisping thinks Oleksandr Usyk is on the losing end of the $10 million penalty in his title fight with Tyson Fury
  • “The Count” explained why it would be challenging for both “The Gypsy King” and Usyk to re-train again

Michael Bisping gave his honest and logical take on the new update on Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk title fight.

Unfair for Usyk

Speaking on his YouTube channel, “The Count” made a good point when he noted that the $10 million penalty if someone pulls out between Fury and Usyk is “unfair” for the Ukrainian champ. Bisping pointed out that it was “The Gypsy King” who got cut and caused the fight to be postponed. But with the said rule, Usyk might end up paying $10 million if he gets cut in training even if he didn’t do anything to dealy the fight.

“If either of them can’t make it on the night, they have to pay a $10 million forfeit. Now that’s all well and good, that’s great. I like that. Obviously, it shows both men are eager to make this fight happen. They want to cement their legacy as the best boxer of their generation and collect all the belts. It’s a little unfair for Oleksandr Usyk because he hasn’t pulled out,” Bisping explained.

“The reality is Tyson did pull out. Legitimate pull out. Unfortunate, unplanned, wasn’t his fault,” he continued. “It was an accident, but it was him that pulled out. So now if Usyk [pulls out], because he might get cut in training, there’s a potential $10 million penalty there for him. But he hasn’t done anything. So if he accidentally gets cut, that a $10 million cut for him.”

Both Fury and Usyk should re-train properly

The new date of the title fight is May 18 but Bisping said Fury and Usyk were already in their peak form this month. With that said, “The Count” explained that both heavyweights would have to re-train properly in the coming weeks to ensure that they’ll be at their best come fight night as their current form wouldn’t last long.

“That’s about 15 weeks or so… They were almost in peak prime condition right? When you start a training camp you want to work up to peaking on the fight night because you can’t hold your peak, the peak only lasts for a week or so. You go up the hill, you peak, and then you start to come down the other side, you start to get tired, your reactions, your instincts, your speed, your power, you can only hold your peak,” Bisping said.

“So, it’s going to be interesting, these guys are going to have to plan this absolutely meticulously on ensuring that they peak at the right time,” he added.

As it stands, Fury holds the WBC title while Usyk has the WBA, WBO and IBF belts. Their much-awaited title fight will determine who the rightful undisputed heavyweight champion of the world really is.

Watch Bisping’s full video below:

Published on February 5, 2024 at 12:35 pm
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