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Roy Jones Jr wants Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk kept apart ‘by any means necessary’ as he fears for unentertaining bout


BOXING legend Roy Jones Jr wants Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk to be kept apart 'by any means necessary' - as he fears for a bore fest.

Jones was ringside as an analyst to watch Usyk put on a 12 round masterclass against Anthony Joshua.

It has affectively put hopes of a Battle of Britain between Joshua, 31, and Fury, 33, to bed for the moment.

Now Usyk, 34, will fancy adding Fury's WBC belt to his collection of shiny new WBA, IBF and WBO straps.

But one man not so keen is American icon Jones, who predicts an uneventful chess match between the two masterful champions.

He told DAZN: “I hope it don’t happen. Two boxers don’t make for the most entertaining fight.

"We gotta keep Usyk and Fury away from each other by any means necessary. We do not want to see that.

"There should be a clause right now put into any contract: ‘Do not allow Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury to have a fight.’

"We do not need that for boxing."

Joshua has a rematch clause in the contract, much like he did in defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr, 32, in June 2019.

He has confirmed plans to exercise the stipulation and has the backing of Jones, who won titles from middleweight all the way to heavyweight.

He added: “This was an excellent fight tonight. This is what boxing needs. We don’t need the other fights we’ve been getting.

"We need these kind of real fights. I would say, we hope Joshua takes the rematch. This was an awesome fight.

"We’d love to see an awesome fight like this again. That’d be better for us. We don’t want to see Usyk-Fury. We’ll see anybody else!"

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