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The difficulty that none of the heavyweights desired has just arrived, with a dull grin.
Oleksandr Usyk is that the guy who could ruin all – Anthony Joshuas fantasies, Deontay Wilders claims, Tyson Furys set. Usyk was lurking in the darkness, threatening to emerge, but today is his moment.
The brilliant Ukrainian is the newest addition to a division that has become fractured by Andy Ruiz Jrs win against Joshua, and Usyk thinks hes the man to wash up the wreck.
He combats Tyron Spong on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports, after winning each major championship at cruiserweight plus an Olympic gold medal in his heavyweight introduction.
The goal is supremacy against Joshua, preferably from the land of the giants.
This is a boxer at his absolute peak. He isnt building towards whatever – he wants it. Thirty-two years old, unbeaten and rested following a 2018 so glory-laden that it ranks alongside any fighters achievements inside a calendar year.
Hes a welcome throwback, calculating like a python that cruelly and slowly crushes its prey. You wont hear him speak – that he searches those eyes locked on his target, silently. He wins hes not welcome, at Riga, Gdansk and Moscow. He wins at which he is welcome, in Britain and the United States.
Mairis Breidis marco Huck, Murat Gassiev and Tony Bellew were all beaten in fights in their home states, 14 months, spanning. Thats a run of this form.
Bellew called himthe best man Ive ever shared a ring with, and added:Hes so hard to pin down. Exceptional.
Anyone who faces him is at a lot of trouble. Only the best, and also the very biggest, will discover a way to beat him.
Usyks won the World Boxing Super Series and accrued the undisputed cruiserweight championship setting him up for this chapter among boxing boys.
Joshua was in the sights of Usyk before he lost his world heavyweight titles. In the build-up of facing Bellew, Usyks promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports:The boxing universe will need the battle of two Olympic champs and two [prospective ] undisputed professionals.
Usyk ominously said minutes after beating Bellew:Becoming heavyweight champion of the planet isnt what Im dreaming of. It is my goal. It is what Im likely to perform.
Joshua and Usyk needed a joint 37 wins, seven world title belts and two Olympic golds before Ruiz Jr set a fly in the ointment.
Asked for his dream heavyweight fight, Usyk lately replied:Anthony Joshua at Wembley. I think it would be a lot tougher for me to battle Joshua compared to Ruiz Jr.. If you want to be the very best, you have to fight the best.
Joshua has cautioned:It is not only based on ability, the heavyweight division. Its predicated on will. How much you can take.
And thats essentially the question because the abilities of Usyk are not up for discussion. But he is about three stone lighter, and is three inches shorter than Joshua, has attain that is four inches less. Thatll be a major hurdle to jump.
It clarifies David Haye and Evander Holyfield are the boxers to win world titles at heavyweight and cruiserweight. Like Usyk they are 63 with a 78 inch reach, and weighed-in significantly less than 16 stone. Usyk, unlike Holyfield and also Haye, wont depend on strength or power but footwork and finesse.
Remember he has defeated Michael Hunter (who has since moved up to r ) and Joe Joyce, now 10-0 as a master heavyweight, at a short-format amateur fight.
His skill-set is actually amazing, such as Vasiliy Lomachenkos, Joyce told Sky Sports. His cries didnt bother me because he was milder, but he was so eloquent and sharp. With his mind movement, its actually difficult to even lay a glove on him
This weekends competition in Chicago is going to probably be Surinam-born and Miami-based Spong, who has 14 wins and no defeats as a boxer after a successful run for a kickboxer. One of Spongs foes has avoided a knockout demise.
When he comes against Spong usyk will retain his status into the WBO heavyweight title, which Ruiz Jr and Joshua will contest on December 7. He puts him up for a world heavyweight championship fight and a place in history.
Hes a problem that Wilder, Joshua and Fury havent had to think about, until today.
The danger is quite real.

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