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Tyson Fury has backtracked over comments calling Oleksandr Usyk a ‘midget’, insisting the Ukrainian is bigger than heavyweight greats Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson.

WBC champion and IBF, WBO and WBA king Usyk are expected to collide in 2023 in a bout to crown the heavyweight division’s first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis.

After demolishing Derek Chisora on Saturday night, Fury and Usyk engaged in a tense stand-off with the ‘Gypsy King’ hurling vicious insults at his rival – who watched on in silence with a grin on his face.

‘You 15 stone little midget who beat a body builder [Anthony Joshua], well I ain’t a body builder, sucker,’ Fury bellowed into the microphone in front of his unflinching rival.

‘I’m going to write you off. I already did one Ukrainian in [Wladimir] Klitschko and I’ll do you as well gappy teeth. You ugly little man, let’s get it on.’

Usyk dominated the cruiserweight division before stepping up to claim heavyweight gold last year with Fury, who stands six inches taller, persistently branding him a ‘middleweight’ during his various verbal assaults in recent months.

But with Usyk standing taller or as tall as some of boxing’s most celebrated heavyweights having also beaten 6ft 6in Anthony Joshua twice, Fury has backed down from that stance.

Usyk holds three of the four major belts at heavyweight (Picture: Getty)

‘He’s beat a big guy before, AJ – 6ft 6ins – I’m not that much taller than him,’ Fury told talkSPORT.

‘I’ve been searching the world, I’ve travelled all over, to find a challenger who can beat me, and I can’t find one.

‘Usyk’s about 6ft 3ins and just under 16 stone. He’s a pretty big boy, he’s a lot bigger than Muhammad Ali was back in the day.

‘He’s bigger than Evander Holyfield, he’s bigger than Mike Tyson, he’s bigger than Joe Frazier, he’s bigger than Ken Norton.

‘He’s probably the same size as ‘big’ George Foreman. Everybody used to say ‘big’ George Foreman, now they’re saying ‘little tiny’ Usyk at the same weight and size.’

Talks for Fury vs Usyk are well underway but Fury’s revelation that he needs to undergo elbow surgery could delay the fight from it’s originally slated window in March or April.

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