Manager Reveals Why Oleksandr Usyk is a ‘Natural’ Heavyweight Now

Published 09/18/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 12: Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine walks to the ring before his Heavyweight bout against Chazz Witherspoon at Wintrust Arena on October 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


In less than 10 days from now, Oleksandr Usyk will take on the biggest fight of his boxing career in the jam-packed Tottenham Hotspur stadium. He will challenge the unified heavyweight king, Anthony Joshua, for all his titles. This is not only a tough fight for the Ukrainian star, but also for ‘AJ’, as he hasn’t faced many opponents who possess skills like Usyk.

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Also, many boxing purists have already picked Joshua to win this fight as Usyk is a prime cruiserweight. And given Joshua’s physical stature, the Ukrainian boxer might fall short. However, Usyk’s manager, Alexander Krassyuk, feels his fighter is a ‘natural’ heavyweight now. Hence, he’s highly confident in the former cruiserweight champ’s skills.

In an interaction with ESPN, Krassyuk said, “You have to box and win each and every round to win the title. Boxing is the art of defense first and foremost, landing punches and not getting anything back. Footwork is the basis for throwing punches and defending. This is very important for any fighter, and Oleksandr is very good at this.”

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“He has been working hard … building his body for the heavyweight division, and he’s a true heavyweight now.”

“No one can say he is a cruiserweight fighting as a heavyweight like Chris Byrd was. Oleksandr is a natural heavyweight now.” he added.

Usyk slowly built his resume in the heavyweight mix. And in no time, he earned his spot as a mandatory challenger for the British warrior.

Can Oleksandr Usyk pull off an impeccable win against Anthony Joshua?

Usyk, over the past few months, has put in the designated hard work to prepare for the hard hitter, Anthony Joshua. Yet, getting past the Brit won’t be a straightforward job for the ex-cruiserweight champ, as Joshua is a seasoned veteran with umpteen title defenses.

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Hence, ‘AJ’ will look to make the most out of the one mistake committed by Usyk. That said, he’ll rely heavily on his right hand to close the show.

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Accordingly, Usyk will have to dodge the heat coming off ‘AJ’s hands. At the same time, he’ll have to land his power-packed shots to stay in the reckoning.

Who will you be rooting for in a fight between these two?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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