Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight debut could be against the winner of Dillian Whyte vs Derek Chisora
On November 10, undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk defended his belts by defeating Tony Bellew by eighth round stoppage. Afterwards, Usyk said he is contemplating new challenges in the heavyweight division.
Now, 3KingsBoxing has learned the cruiserweight king has a heavyweight target in mind.
According to Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn:
“I think Usyk’s got his eyes on the Heavyweight division. He’ll be over on December 22nd at the O2 as well to watch Whyte – Chisora, as a lot of people will be, and I think he’s got his eyes on the winner of that. It’s going to take a very special fight for him to stay at cruiserweight, but my guess is in 2019, you will see him move sharply to the Heavyweight division.”
If Usyk is indeed looking to fight the winner of Whyte – Chisora II, it would be an interesting move, especially if Whyte wins the rematch. Not only would that be a high-profile, big money fight in the UK, but as many boxing fans know, Dillian Whyte is the number one heavyweight contender by the WBC.
A fight and a win over Dillian Whyte would vault Usyk up in the rankings and put him right in line for a shot against the winner of Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury.
It’s almost a guarantee that he will move up to Heavyweight in 2019. The questions at this point are, “who will Usyk target? What direction will go?” In many ways inside and outside the ring, the sweet science is about chess and not checkers.
It will be interesting to see the moves Usyk will make when it comes to his foray into heaviest division.
By: Michael Wilson Jr