Oleksandr Usyk has claimed he’s already having success in the mental warfare with his potential next opponent Tyson Fury.
Ukraine’s WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion is in advanced talks for an undisputed showdown against the WBC king on April 29 in Saudi Arabia.
Usyk was ringside for Fury’s last win over Derek Chisora in December.
After the Gypsy King got the stoppage, he called out his fellow champion who stepped up onto the ring apron for a face off.
Fury hurled insults at Usyk, who simply stared back at him in response.
“I think I was able to get into his head a little bit,” Usyk said in a new interview with The Guardian.
“I have been watching Tyson Fury get into the heads of his opponents for many years.
“And then I got into his head.”
Giving more thoughts on Fury’s personality, Usyk said: “When there are no cameras he is completely different.
“He plays the bad guy for the cameras.
“I think he likes movies about love and when he watches them he cries a little. And that’s not a bad thing.
“When I watch some sentimental movies, I can shed a tear too.”
Usyk also reflected on his victories over Anthony Joshua, who is nearing an April 1 return against Jermaine Franklin.
“Joshua shouldn’t be upset because he lost to me,” Usyk insisted.
“He just needs to keep working because he’s a very cool boxer and a nice man.
“He will have an opportunity to become the world heavyweight champion again.”