HE showed no fear of challenges at cruiserweight and there’s no reason to believe Oleksandr Usyk will be any different now he campaigns as a heavyweight.
The early signs are good. His first fight at the weight, a seventh-round stoppage of late replacement Chazz Witherspoon, wasn’t the toughest but Usyk, 17-0 (13), followed it by signalling his ambition to become world heavyweight champion as soon as possible. He has then then made it clear he wants to be in Saudi Arabia on December 7, the night Andy Ruiz Jnr and Anthony Joshua contest the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles, and that he wants to capitalise on his number one ranking with the WBO and take a title fight next.
Forget the bedding-in process. Usyk, at 32, feels he is as ready as he’s ever going to be.