The unwanted figure of the fighters in the Heavy Class was present with a sly smile. And, the figure was named Oleksandr Usyk. Yes, Usyk is the one who can destroy everything – Anthony Joshua’s dream, Deontay Wilder’s promises, Tyson Fury’s invincible record. Usyk was always hiding in the dark, threatening to appear, but now was the time.
The brilliant Ukrainian boxer is the latest enemy to endanger Heavyweight boxing which was tantrum after Andy Ruiz Jr.’s victory against Joshua. Usyk believes that he is the one who will take care of the mess.
The left-handed boxer will fight Tyrone Spong on Saturday night. The duel became his debut in the Heavyweight after winning every major championship in the Explorer Class plus an Olympic gold medal.
The goal is to master supremacy in the land of the giants. He is a serious problem for Joshua, Wilder and Fury should not consider, until now. His threat is very real.
He is like a python whose movements slowly but cruelly destroy its prey. You won’t often hear him speak – he hunts silently, eyes like the reptile locking his target. He won in Gdansk, Riga, and Moscow. He won where he was accepted, in the UK and US.
Marco Huck, Mairis Breidis, Murat Gassiev, and Tony Bellew were all destroyed in their home countries in successive battles, which lasted only 14 months. Amazing! “Whoever faces it will have many problems. Only the best, and the biggest will find a way to defeat it,” Bellew said.
Usyk won the World Super Boxing Series and mastered the Explorers’ Class championship which was unquestionably fierce during the fight. Joshua was on Usyk’s radar before he lost his world heavyweight title. In preparation for facing Bellew, promoter Usyk Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports: “The world of boxing will want the matches of two Olympic champions and two (future) professionals who don’t need to be questioned.”
Tony Bellew fell victim to the ferocity of Oleksandr Usyk in the ring.
Usyk said a few moments after defeating Bellew: “Becoming a world heavyweight champion is not what I dreamed of. This is my goal. This is what I plan to do,” he said.
Joshua and Usyk had 37 combined wins, seven world title belts, and two Olympic gold medals before Ruiz Jr. committed. Asked for his dream Heavyweight battle, Usyk was passionate about mastering the Heavyweight: “Anthony Joshua at Wembley. I think it will be much harder for me to fight Joshua than Ruiz Jr. If you want to be the best, you must fight the best,” he said.
Joshua has warned about Usyk’s presence. “It’s not just based on ability, the Heavyweight division. It’s based on desire. How much you can take,” Joshua said.
The opponents this weekend in Chicago are Spong, born in Suriname and Miami, who have 14 wins and no losses as a boxer after successfully running as a kickboxer. Only one of Spong’s enemies avoided KO’s death.
Usyk will retain his status as a mandatory challenger to the WBO Heavyweight title, which will be contested by Ruiz Jr. and Joshua on December 7, if he escapes unscathed against Spong. That makes him ready for the world heavyweight battle next year.