Main contender Dillian Whyte doubts Oleksandr Usyk’s credentials as a heavyweight.
Having unified the cruiserweight division with a collection of eye-catching performances on away soil, Usyk hasn’t replicated the identical electrical kind since a transfer into the realm of the heavyweight behemoths.
As a heavy, Ukrainian Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) halted an overmatched Chazz Witherspoon in seven rounds in October 2019 earlier than outpointing a spirited Dereck Chisora one yr later. But the WBO has elevated Usyk to No.1 contender standing, beneath the Puerto Rican sanctioning physique’s rule that grants its champions transferring up in weight a crack on the world title at the next poundage.
Usyk is now anticipated to satisfy Londoner Joe Joyce for the WBO ‘Interim’ crown as he awaits the winner of the projected Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury undisputed title struggle.
Brixton’s Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) breathed contemporary life into his profession with a dominant fourth-round stoppage of former conqueror Alexander Povetkin final month, however hasn’t seen a lot to concern in Usyk’s heavyweight marketing campaign to this point.
“Who has he fought at heavyweight? Dereck Chisora? Like, come on… Dereck Chisora is a couple of years previous it now. You realize, I’ve overwhelmed Derek Chisora twice,” Whyte instructed ‘The AK & Barak Present’ on DAZN and SiriusXM.
“Clearly, Usyk struggled with him, what I imply. In that struggle, Usyk was combating scared. He was simply, kind of jabbing and operating away. He by no means had Chisora in hassle at any level.”