IMAGINE that. Oleksandr Usyk, the Ukrainian who rounded up and unified an entire division in just 15 fights, winning every single one of the four (how stupid) cruiserweight belts available, is manoeuvring his way into a pay-per-view super-fight simply by being really, really good at boxing.
He’s not talking all that much, seemingly hates no one, and is also unwilling to become embroiled in a phoney rivalry to make money in some kind of bizarre business arrangement-cum-anti-climactic prizefight. Instead, Usyk is saying all the right things at the right time and, more importantly, doing things – like boxing, like winning – better than anyone else.
Thanks to this novel approach, a future fight against Tony Bellew, once played down by Bellew’s promoter, now seems a distinct possibility.