Thought for the elite, although there was a bit graze under the perfect attention of Oleksandr Usyk to be worried about.
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The new kid on the block, former cruiserweight champion Usyk, successfully debuted as a stride but exactly what could co workers and Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder think of his performance?
There are many reasons, and now the initial pieces of evidence, to think Usyk is currently one of the top heavyweights, only one struggle into the latest chapter of a glory-laden career that has already brought him Olympic gold, the World Boxing Super Series and every significant belt at cruiserweight.
However there are also chinks in the armour, or so his competitions will think. The Wilders and the Joshuas will smell blood.
Usyk toyed night at Chicago, out-boxed him will, and forced him to retire after the seventh round. Within a year of troublesome heavyweight fights, in which Andy Ruiz Jr did the Fury that is impossible Tyson had to overcome a cut to conquer at Otto Wallin, it turned out to be a welcome nighttime for the latest challenger in the division.
However, such as a poker participant Usyk might have shown the winners his hand, or disclosed more info about himself, exactly the type that either and forecast and fuels debate means necessarily or he will dominate one-handed get pumped out.
He wont be a puncher at this burden, that much is apparent. Witherspoon, a 38-year-old who accepted his biggest ever struggle on a couple of days notice, chose a peppering but never struck the deck. He had been forced to stay sat on his stool however Usyk threw the kitchen sink at him in the closing stages and could not knock him over.
Krzysztof Glowacki, Mairis Breidis, Michael Hunter and murat Gassiev were all out-boxed and outpointed but not knocked out by Usyk. His brute force wont be feared by lumps from the division.
David Haye said pre-fight:He is not a one-punch pro, he yells clusters of cries. He is a southpaw therefore is catchy to hit clean. He yells from different angles.
This will be enough to beat 90 percent of heavyweights but if he can take action against somebody who is 66 remains to be seen.
This means is that the punching heavyweights, such as Joshua and Wilder, will know they have 12 rounds to land a punch that is good, whereas Usyk has to box and move with no any error for 36 minutes.
His hands is present in the atmosphere sometimes and if that continues then it might have caught, former foe Tony Bellew mentioned ahead.
Witherspoon marked his face and discovered Usyks chin. Because Usyk experience unfolds this is par for the course but absorbing the shots from the elite of the division or from Witherspoon is not the same ball game.
Landing that shot will be challenging because he is such a fantastic defensive fighter, but I think if youre able to locate the goal then there is a fantastic chance he can go, said Bellew.
Usyk is bargaining on his ability to move in and out to reach and not be hit.
That means if hes world heavyweight champion, hell need to do it in a manner that nobody else in the modern age has done.
Weighing under the indicate that is 16st hell routinely concede two gems of weight into his opponent, however other fighters like Wilder and Haye that weigh a comparable amount had punch power to rival anyones. Usyk doesnt.
Witherspoon ultimately wilted due to the strain poured on by Usyk movement that gave him the chance prevent and to punch a response.
What can Usyk find out from the past? Haye won his introduction afterward conquer Nikolai Valuev to become world champion. Before hard for your belt evander Holyfield, the cruiserweight champion to win heavyweight gold , had six fights at the branch. Usyk, aged 32, wants to follow Hayes example.
I am ready, he said concerning cashing in his compulsory opportunity in the WBO title which Andy Ruiz Jr will defend against Anthony Joshua on December 7, now live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The elite will probably lick their lips at the concept of analyzing the chin of Usyk and seeing the way he responds to actual pain. The worry, for them, is that they cant lay a glove with this fascinating and eccentric competition.