Eddie Hearn : Oleksandr Usyk To Face Whyte, Chisora, Miller Or Ortiz
Cruiserweight Undisputed Champion Oleksandr Usyk has been tipped a good enough fighter for the Heavyweight division and has also been taking about a potential Fight with Undefeated Unified Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua but Joint promoter Eddie Hearn believes, he will need to get used to the Heavyweight division before a Joshua Fight..
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Usyk in his last outing, defended the his Cruiserweight title and undisputed status against Tony Bellew, whom he stopped in the eighth round at the Manchester Arena.
Eddie Hearn has given out his take on Usky and his potential opponents on his stable before a potential Fight with Anthony Joshua will materialize.
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“Ultimately if he talks about the likes of Joshua, he needs to move into those realms of opponents and size, sooner rather than later,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“He is 31, so he’s a spring chicken in terms of miles on the clock in the professional game, but he’s good enough to go on and mix it with those top heavyweights now.
“You look at the opponents for Usyk at heavyweight – Jarrell Miller, Dillian Whyte, Derek Chisora, Adam Kownacki, Luis Ortiz. There’s so many fights for him at heavyweight that he could jump straight into.
“Back to the days of Evander Holyfield, he was a genius, his size compared to the others, but he made up for it with skill and heart. Usyk is going to have to do the same thing, because to beat these big, big guys, he’s going to have to do what very few have done before him.
“How many have gone from undisputed or unified cruiserweight champion to undisputed or unified heavyweight champion? Not many, so he would be on a very small list, but that’s what he wants to do. He’s focused to do it, and I see Usyk being in some major heavyweight fights in 2019.”