That's what Evander Holyfield complained about a lot when he moved up from cruiserweight [to heavyweight]. Rozier: Well, we'll have to see, we don't know just yet. Real or not: Canelo-GGG III in 2021? MMA, boxing and wrestling are all facing a major issue: a cracked combat sports pipeline. 6-foot-6, 6-foot-7, 240, 250 [pounds], they're really big guys and he's going to have to learn how to navigate that. He's going to feel a lot more power than he's ever felt before in his life. They're big heavyweights and they're big punchers. Usyk needs to get in the ring at a weight he's comfortable at rather than try to have a weight advantage or try to take away his opponents' weight advantage. That's the difference. I mean, these guys, they tire you out.

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On Thursday morning, Egis Klimas, Usyk's manager, told ESPN that the fighter was indeed going to have his next bout as a heavyweight. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Divisional rankings -- The top 10 fighters per division, WBA-IBF champ Taylor demolishes Khongsong.

So he's not just going to run and jump and fight for the world title fight with [Tyson] Fury, [Deontay] Wilder or [Andy] Ruiz, that just ain't gonna happen.

"We are just finalizing the date with DAZN.". Usyk has piled an more than a stone in his bid to fight at heavyweight and currently weighs in at 15st 5lb. His weight will probably be around 220, 225 pounds, somewhere in there, like an Evander Holyfield. And he's going to have to really be ready to be a lot faster than he was. I mean, these guys, they tire you out. Usyk needs to get in the ring at a weight he's comfortable at rather than try to have a weight advantage or try to take away his opponents' weight advantage. “Not because of his boxing ability, purely because of his size.". OLEKSANDR USYK has weighed in for his first professional contest at heavyweight. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here. The noted trainer has worked with former middleweight belt-holder Daniel Jacobs, and recently prepared Sergiy Derevyanchenko for his back-and-forth battle with Golovkin. Some of the slower guys, like Joe Joyce, he fought him in the amateurs, that's a fight that could probably be made again and I think the Joyce people think he could win it. He's not going to become a power puncher, [because] he wasn't that at cruiserweight. With that purse bid looming and Usyk having no intention of participating in the bout, Klimas said the decision was made to vacate the title. So he's got a lot of experience and that takes you a long way.

The bill also features two world title fights. For other inquiries, Contact Us. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. Bellew competed in all three but reckons there is room for one more. View our online Press Pack. Real or not: Canelo-GGG III in 2021? Far as that, he's top 10, right now. Anthony Joshua tips the scales at 17st 9lb while Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are 18st 2lb and 15st 13lb respectively. Can Kell Brook upset Terence Crawford? To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. His ring knowledge, he's going to have to rely on that heavily because now it truly becomes a physical sport at the heavyweight level. Freddie Roach: The heavyweights today are bigger, stronger and it's just a different age. Currently he trains IBF middleweight world titleholder Gennadiy Golovkin. Find out more about cookies Usyk was scheduled to face Tyrone Spong, but Spong tested positive for banned substances in two urine samples and Witherspoon was selected as his replacement just a few days before the fight. Ruiz would be a terrible fight for him because Andy will be just as fast as he is [with his hands] and carry the bigger punch. Former unified cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk makes his heavyweight debut against late replacement Chazz Witherspoon at Wintrust Arena in Chicago on Saturday.

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That's the difference. Despite the impressive gain Usyk still ranks as one of the lightest men in the division. Abel Sanchez: I think the biggest adjustment is that he needs to work on having a little more power, more strength; he's a heckuva boxer, he's got great legs. So that's going to be a different thing for him, power and how strong a lot of these guys are physically when they lean on him. Hearn said he would like to have Usyk face Takam in the main event with contenders Alexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter fighting in the co-feature with the winners to face each other in the fall.

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Fury, Wilder, Joshua, I mean, between Fury and Wilder alone, Wilder has the ability to stop him before he even gets started in the first round with a KO.

DEONTAY WILDER could fight Oleksandr Usyk for a new WBC super-cruiserweight belt, according to Tony Bellew. Sanchez: If he's managed and matched correctly, he can be a heavyweight champion. The Russian champion weighed 174.3lbs, his challenger came in on the 175lbs limit. “The difference in all the other weight categories is minimal – 4lbs, 3lbs, sometimes 6lbs. The Ukrainian stopped Tony Bellew last year to … They are really big guys nowadays and they're really strong punchers and they can fight.

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Will Taylor-Ramirez finally happen? He came in at 215 pounds, looking lean and fit. Rozier: All the big guys. The former undisputed cruiserweight champion tipped the scales at 215lbs. "But what Usyk doesn't understand, the heavyweight division is very different from every other division in boxing. It's going to be a reckoning. He will begin his heavyweight campaign with a spring fight against former world title challenger Carlos Takam, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, Usyk's co-promoter, told ESPN on Thursday. For Usyk's heavyweight debut, Hearn had told ESPN the plan was for him to fight on May 18 in the main event of a DAZN card at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago with Takam as the likely opponent. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. So I don't think his adjustment will be too difficult at all. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. MMA, boxing and wrestling are all facing a major issue: a cracked combat sports pipeline. ", Uefa say delayed Euros CAN'T go ahead as planned with some host cities set for axe, Ex-Chelsea kid worth £80k at TEN plays in Belgium & dates MIC's Tiff Watson, Juventus 'preparing record £360m Kylian Mbappe bid and could swap Ronaldo', Ozil rejects chance to leave Arsenal after turning down offer from Saudi Arabia, Five Utd men who could go in next 24 hours including Romero, Jones & Lingard, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. I know he fought Joe Joyce in the amateurs, but now that Joe Joyce has a lot more experience, and [he's] a strong guy -- [he] can punch, can lean on you, tire you out. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF.

Oleksandr Usyk is yet to fully start his assault on the heavyweight division, but the Ukrainian powerhouse is making sure he stays in top shape. And when I say top 10, I'm talking about as far as the skill set and that's basically what you're going off of. Daniel Dubois is a bad matchup for him, I think Efe Ajagba is a bad matchup for him. Klimas told ESPN that Takam was an acceptable opponent to him and Usyk but that the date would "99.9 percent move" so as not to conflict with a far higher-profile fight the same night -- heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder's mandatory defense against Dominic Breazeale in a Showtime-televised main event from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Real or Not: Fury-Wilder III without fans? As good of a boxer as he is, it's going to be a different category: bigger punches, stronger men. "The Takam deal is done," Hearn said. He could definitely be a top-six heavyweight, no doubt. The remarkable KO streak of super middleweight Edgar Berlanga, Growing pains: Teofimo Lopez's search for legacy and peace with his family. Banks: He has a speed advantage -- most heavyweights are normally slower than cruiserweights. Boxing debate: Who's next for Tyson Fury, if not Deontay Wilder? And he's going to realize, you hit these guys and they will look at you and smile, sometimes. The 32-year-old was due to fight Carlos Takam in his heavyweight debut in May but had to pull out with a bicep injury. “That’s just too much, I get what Majeski’s saying because in the current game at heavyweight the big boys are too big and the smaller heavyweights are not able to compete with the bigger boys. He's a smart boxer, his timing has to be correct and he has to give plenty of looks. He's beat some great guys in the cruiserweight division already, and in the amateurs he beat up a lot of guys. Hearn has regularly discussed Usyk's move to heavyweight and a likely showdown with Joshua, whom he also promotes, next spring -- as long as both keep winning. We have to see where he's at with his ability at this new weight class.