Joshua wants Usyk’s name on his resume ⋆ Boxing News 24


By William Lloyd: Eddie Hearn experiences that Anthony Joshua needs to have Oleksandr Usyk’s title on his resume, and so they’re going to stay with him as his subsequent combat so long as they’ll negotiate it.

Promoter Hearn not too long ago toyed with the concept of Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) vacating his WBO heavyweight title on account of him not being pleased with him being ordered to face necessary challenger Usyk.

Hearn believed a number of different fighters would carry extra curiosity from followers, similar to Andy Ruiz Jr, Dillian Whyte, and Luis Ortiz. Hearn is now saying that Joshua will follow defending his WBO title towards the previous undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs).

From Joshua and Hearn’s perspective, it’s a giant letdown to go from being getting ready to combating WBC champion Tyson Fury within the largest combat in boxing to defending towards WBO necessary Usyk, who has no actual fan base to talk of within the UK and U.S.

You may argue that Usyk isn’t wherever close to as fashionable as Whyte or Ruiz, and people are two fighters Joshua may select to combat if he weren’t encumbered by his WBO necessary commitments to defending towards Usyk.

Usyk is an unbelievable title for Joshua’s resume

“Over time, he realizes he doesn’t need to vacate a belt,” Hearn mentioned of Joshua. “I believe he’s a throwback fighter, and he needs to tackle all comers. A part of him thinks beating Oleksandr Usyk is an unbelievable title on his resume.

“Usyk is a pound-for-pound prime fighter. He’s an [former] undisputed cruiserweight world champion. That once more strengthens the resume.

“That’s a fairly good run,” mentioned Hearn about Joshua’s checklist of fantastic names on his resume. “There’s no gimmes on it. I really feel like so long as the deal runs easily [for the Joshua vs. Usyk fight], and nobody tries to be intelligent, then I believe that combat is kind of automated.

“Krassyuk has been smart. I believe that’s an excellent combat. It’s not the Fury combat, which is the one we needed, but it surely’s nonetheless an excellent combat,” mentioned Hearn.

Usyk can be an unbelievable title for Joshua’s resume if this combat have been held at cruiserweight. Usyk continues to be unproven at heavyweight, and he had lots of issues in his final combat towards journeyman Derek Chisora.

For Usyk to be seen as a reputable title for Joshua’s resume, he wants a fan base and high quality wins on his resume. Sadly, Usyk doesn’t have both of these issues going for him.

At cruiserweight, Usyk didn’t look spectacular in his fights with Tony Bellew and Mairis Briedis. Usyk didn’t dominate both of these two guys.

Additionally, Usyk’s win over Artur Beterbiev within the 2012 Olympics was controversial, as many boxing followers had him dropping that combat. Beterbiev surprised Usyk in that combat and had him on the run.

With a distinct set of judges, Beterbiev doubtless would have gained that combat. Beterbiev clearly landed the extra significant punches.


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