“The promotion is impressive,” Usyk said of the build to Fury vs Ngannou. “And understandably, because this is a show that people are waiting for.

“This bout is bread and butter for Tyson Fury. When someone’s saying that Ngannou can drop him, I would probably agree, but I’m really not certain. Tell me: How could the guy with no experience in boxing beat a two-metre giant who’s been in boxing for 20 years?

“Yes, Ngannou is a UFC champion, I’m not disputing it; but UFC isn’t boxing. I’m 100 per cent sure that Fury will be victorious. But if Ngannou’s relatively got a puncher’s chance, and if he hypothetically happens to send Fury tumbling to the canvas, I’ll concede that I was talking gibberish. It’s better to wait, we’ll see everything in a while.”

Uysk last fought in August, stopping Daniel Dubois after climbing off the canvas following a controversial low blow by the Briton, whose promoter Frank Warren insisted that the punch was a legal body shot.

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