Mike Tyson Wants Oleksandr Usyk to Fight Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr.

Published 10/02/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Oleksandr Usyk celebrates winning his fight against Anthony Joshua Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Oleksandr Usyk awed the boxing fraternity when he dethroned Anthony Joshua last weekend. It was a complete boxing performance from the underdog. He left no stones unturned in bagging this win. With his win, the former undisputed cruiserweight champ became the unified heavyweight king. Now, he’ll have to battle Joshua once again as a clause of the contract.

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Bigwigs like Mike Tyson are eager to see the Ukrainian fighter go up against even more technical and intimidating heavyweights like Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr.

Recently, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’, in an interview with Es News, revealed why he’d like to see Usyk go up against Wilder and Ruiz Jr.

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He said, “I want Usyk fight these other guys, Wilder, Andy Ruiz. I want to see Usyk fight those guys. Those guys are more experienced than Joshua.”

Since Usyk now sits at the peak of the big division, he will undoubtedly face the above-mentioned contenders if he keeps winning.

The heavyweight division is by far the most challenging roster in boxing and Usyk will get to face the toughest of contenders, irrespective of his results. Joshua is definitely a stalwart he beat, but the Brit is known for comebacks. Hence, he may stun Usyk in a rematch.

Regardless of anything, ‘The Cat’ will look to do what he does best and maintain his unbeaten streak.

Will Oleksandr Usyk be successful against Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr.?

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In his 12-round bout against ‘AJ’, Usyk showed eye-catchy movements. Despite being a heavyweight, the southpaw boxer moved like a lightweight and he even hit powerful punches to collect his points.

Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua in action against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

That said, this strategy will work wonders for him against Wilder and Ruiz Jr. too, who won’t be used to an opponent with such graceful movements.

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Hence, Usyk definitely has the skills to end up on the winning vertical if he locks horns with either of these boxers in the coming time. If not ‘AJ’, who would you like to see Usyk face next?

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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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