Can Oleksandr Usyk Strive at Heavyweight
Going through the World Boxing Super Series to becoming undisputed cruiserweight champion to beating Tony Bellew, Oleksandr Usyk has already established himself as a big name in the world of boxing and he is going even bigger - quite literally in fact as he’s heading up to heavyweight to fight Carlos Takam later in the year. At 6”3, and a reach of 78 inches, can Oleksandr Usyk strive at heavyweight?
Yes. Yes, he can but it’ll be hard. Oleksandr Usyk is 33, I don’t know when he’s thinking about retiring but one has to think that it’s ought to be in the next 5 years unless he fights at 38 which he could very well do, just look at WBC heavyweight championship challenger, Luis Ortiz who just turned 40. There has been talks of Usyk being put up against Joshua but obviously things in the top of the heavyweight division has been drastically shaken up. The height may be an issue but there’s been smaller heavyweights than Usyk who’s had their plenty share of success and the reach isn’t too bad either.
When I say “strive”, I’m talking about becoming world champion, unified champion or even undisputed champion and that leads me to say that Usyk can strive at heavyweight. He has the potential to be undisputed however with the current champions, I don’t see it happening. Usyk could very well be the next unified champion whether Joshua regains or Ruiz retains. If Usyk goes against a newly crowned champion in Joshua, there’s a size difference with Joshua towering over Usyk however in boxing, size doesn’t matter. Usyk has power too which means he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division and I do see him striving.