Earlier this month, unified Heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk told Usyk 17 that he needs 14 weeks for his training camp.
With Usyk vs WBC champion Tyson Fury slated for December 23 in Saudi Arabia, 8 weeks from now, and Usyk not currently in camp, this was seen as disappointing news for many fans.
However, Usyk’s promoter, Alek Krassyuk, has clarified to Boxing King Media that he won’t need the standard 14-week camp for an undisputed fight with Fury.
Why Oleksandr Usyk Won’t Need 14 Weeks For Fury Camp
“Usyk mentioned when he was asked the question, ‘How long does his training camp usually last?'”
“He said that it might be around 14 weeks because it includes 3 stages: the physical conditioning training, the boxing school together with sparring then only hard sparring sessions – in general it’s 14 weeks.”
“Usyk had only one fight per year for the last 3-4 years. After one year of break, he has to come back…Now Usyk is coming from the fight, from the previous fight.”
The reason Usyk needs 14 weeks for camps is due to vast periods of inactivity which means he is starting from fresh for every training camp.
This, however, is not the case this time around with Usyk just two months removed from his 9th-round TKO win over Daniel Dubois and a full 14-week camp before that.
Should Usyk fight Fury in December, he will be boxing for the second time in a year for the first time since 2018.
“The first and the hardest stage can be missed because he’s in shape. He’s been keeping the shape since he walked out of the ring. It saves us a lot of time and that’s why we gave our consent for December 23.”