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Tyson Fury backs Moses Itauma to win world titles ahead of his own showdown fight against Oleksandr Usyk – Chatham heavyweight faces German Ilja Mezencev for the WBO inter-continental heavyweight belt

Moses Itauma fights for a title this weekend on the undercard of a huge night of boxing and is being tipped for greatness by the main man Tyson Fury.

Fury meets Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday at the Kingdom Arena, Riyadh in a battle to become the undisputed heavyweight world champion and he’s predicting big things of Chatham teenager Itauma.

Moses Itauma is on the Ring of Fire undercard in Suadi Arabia on May 18
Moses Itauma is on the Ring of Fire undercard in Suadi Arabia on May 18

The two men have been sparring partners and both face a big night in Saudi Arabia.

“I think he’s a good kid,” said Fury, when speaking about 19-year-old Itauma.

“I have said in the past that I think he can be a champion and like I said about Jared Anderson (17-0, 15KOs), I think Jared and Moses are both very, very good fighters.

“However, there is a lot of temptation, a lot of stuff outside of boxing that makes fighters not achieve what they should have done and it’s the same old story, woulda, shoulda, coulda.

“They’re only starting off a career and if they can stay on the right path and away from the idiots, away from the women, away from the drunken nights, away from the cranks, then I believe both of them can go on and win world titles.”

Promoter Frank Warren agrees they have a star in the making.

He said this week: “We’ve got big hopes for Moses to be the next big heavyweight star.”

American heavyweight champion Anderson, 24, could fight fellow countryman Deontay Wilder later this year.

The much-hyped clash between Fury and Usyk was originally scheduled for February 17 this year but was postponed following an injury sustained by Fury in sparring.

Itauma was due to fight on the February show but kept himself ticking over with a bout at York Hall in March, although that was over inside the first round. Opponent Dan Garber became the sixth man to fall well inside the distance against the Medway fighter.

Itauma’s last four fights have been won with first-round stoppages.

Chatham’s rising star Itauma meets Ilja Mezencev, hoping to make it nine wins from nine in the pro ranks and with it claiming a belt.

Itauma, 19, fights the more experienced German for the WBO inter-continental heavyweight title.

Mezencev, 28, was born in Kazakhstan but hails from Hamburg. He has an impressive fight record of 25 wins (21 KOs) from 28 professional outings.

Itauma has claimed before he doesn’t want to fight “bums” and the German should provide him with the challenge he needs as he chases a world title - one he has previously stated he wanted to achieve in record time, which would be this time next year.

Itauma will welcome a proper challenge after just 18 rounds in his eight professional fights and said recently: “I want situations where it’s not a 90-10 fight in my favour. I want to go in a 60-40 and then a 50-50 and then fights where people think I’m the underdog.”

Itauma’s fight is expected to be on around 7pm ahead of the main event later that evening.

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