Retired UFC sensation Khabib Nurmagomedov heaped praise on Oleksandr Usyk when he gave his assessment of the boxing scene last year.
Following Tyson Fury’s rematch win over Deontay Wilder, the Russian gave his thoughts on the sport’s best fighters and picked out four who he saw as particularly special.
Khabib told reporters: “Right now, I think Oleksandr Usyk, Vasyl Lomachenko and Canelo Alvarez.
“Oh sorry, Tyson Fury too. Four guys. It’s very hard [to decide] who is the best.”
Lomachenko has since been beaten by Teofimo Lopez, however Canelo, Usyk and Fury have not lost since these comments were made.
Usyk is now set to face Anthony Joshua this Saturday, but Khabib was more interested in seeing him face the other heavyweight champion.
He continued: “I really want to see Usyk vs Fury. It’s gonna be a very good fight.
“He [Usyk] has very good skill and technique, Tyson Fury too.
“He is not like other heavyweights, more technique, his footwork is very good, his conditioning is very good.
“I really wanna watch Usyk against Fury.”