There is a new, intriguing challenge for Anthony Joshua to consider. Oleksandr Usyk has the brains but does he have the brawn? James Dielhenn assesses Usyk’s heavyweight assault.
A knockout of Tony Bellew on Saturday means Usyk’s cruiserweight career is likely complete – it yielded an Olympic gold medal then all four world title belts and the World Boxing Super Series tournament. His sights are set on bigger things, literally.
He will “definitely” target Joshua, the unified world heavyweight champion, but stepping into the top division where giants lurk is a dangerous business. Flashy skills won’t necessarily help you against sheer brute force.