Tony Bellew believes Oleksandr Usyk presents a real risk to boxing’s heavyweight division, however is simply too small to ever tackle Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua.
The previous undisputed cruiserweight king dominated each foe in his path throughout his run at 200lbs, however made the choice to maneuver up after defeating Bellew in November 2018.
Throughout their enthralling conflict on the MEN Area in Manchester, Usyk was down on the playing cards of the judges, however used his in-ring craft to keep away from Bellew’s energy punches earlier than sapping the Scouser’s power and touchdown a clubbing left hook within the eighth.
He fought and beat Chazz Witherspoon in his first take a look at among the many land of the giants and now takes on Britain’s Dereck Chisora.
Nonetheless, regardless of defeating each impediment with consummate ease within the cruiserweight division, Bellew believes his former foe (and now buddy) is simply not large enough to problem present champions, Fury and Joshua on the high finish.
“First off, he’s distinctive,” Bellew instructed Battle Night time on talkSPORT again in Might. “Greatest fighter I ever confronted, with out a shadow of a doubt.
“For sleight of hand and foot, he’s simply phenomenal – a very sensible fighter – and an incredible fella [sic] as properly, by the best way.
“Secondly, do I feel he’s a real risk to the heavyweight division? Completely sure, that’s the very first thing.
“However do I feel he can beat the large, huge boys? I simply don’t suppose he can, mate. That’s the one fear – the large, huge boys.
“Don’t get me improper, Tyson Fury and AJ are simply too huge, mate; they’re too huge and harmful and they’re going to meet up with you ultimately.
“However anybody round his measurement and body – belief me, mate, he’s a troublesome puzzle to unravel.”
HOW 6FT 3IN USYK COMPARES AT HEAVYWEIGHT
- Tyson Fury – 6ft 9ins
- Anthony Joshua – 6ft 6ins
- Dillian Whyte – 6ft 4ins
- Deontay Wilder – 6ft 7ins
- Luis Ortiz – 6ft 4ins
- Andy Ruiz Jr – 6ft 2ins
- Alexander Povetkin – 6ft 2ins
- Joseph Parker – 6ft 4ins
- Michael Hunter – 6ft 2ins
- Oscar Rivas – 6ft 0ins
- Kubrat Pulev – 6ft 4ins