Tyson Fury’s Ex-Trainer Questions Oleksandr Usyk’s Ability at Heavyweight – Leans Towards Joe Joyce

Published 01/25/2021, 5:36 AM EST
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)


Oleksandr Usyk will take a step closer to the heavyweight title shot by facing Joe Joyce for the WBO Interim belt. As both the pugilists are undefeated knockout artists, it validates their upcoming in-ring collision.

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However, many believe Usyk may not fit well in the heavyweight circuit, including Tyson Fury’s ex-trainer Ben Davison. Although Davison pointed at Usyk’s alluring boxing skills, he still favored Joe Joyce to win the fight.

Davison hailed the matchup and appeared interested in watching it. However, he seemed worried about Oleksandr Usyk’s abilities in the division and connected with IFL tv to talk about the potential fight.

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He said, “Whether Joe’s size will come into play in the fight. I’d imagine that Joe will try to do so, but whether he is able to do so will be interesting.”

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Davison added, “I certainly think it will be different to their WSB fight… It’s a good fight, and I was really impressed with Joe, especially his long-distance boxing, which he showed against Daniel (Dubois). So, it’s a really interesting fight.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 13: Joe Joyce punches Bryant Jennings during the Heavyweight fight between Joe Joyce and Bryant Jennings at The O2 Arena on July 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the heavyweight division is brimming with several challenges, and after winning the WBO Interim belt, Joyce or Usyk can have several tough calls ahead.

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Oleksandr Usyk, Joe Joyce, and the heavyweight ride

Usyk began his heavyweight trail with a commendable victory over Dereck Chisora via decision. Following it, Joe Joyce will be his next adversary, and he might not be easy to take out. ‘Juggernaut’, still fresh from his KO win over Daniel Dubois is on the brink of fighting for the title.

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However, he will have to prove himself against Usyk before fighting for the gold. So, it can further bring out his best performance ever, and Usyk might face his toughest time in the heavyweight unit.

Usyk is an elite pugilist and has always overcome adversity admirably. So, despite him not being a natural heavyweight, one cannot write off his chances as he can still take over the division.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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