News | Nov 11 2018

Eddie Hearn names five potential next opponents for Oleksandr Usyk

But Oleksandr Usyk is more interested in visiting Santa Claus than preparing for another fight
Oleksandr Usyk
Both Briedis and Glowacki have fought Usyk Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

AFTER stopping Tony Bellew in scintillating fashion in the eighth round at Manchester Arena to retain his undisputed cruiserweight crown, Oleksandr Usyk is now looking forward to a well-earned rest.

“I want to go on vacation with my family to the homeland of Santa Claus!” the eccentric and captivating Ukrainian said at the post-fight press conference. “I’ve had a really tough year [with World Boxing Super Series contests against Mairis Briedis and Murat Gassiev, as well as the Bellew bout]. It’s been the most successful year of my career, but also the most difficult.

The World Boxing Super Series was both mentally and physically difficult, as there were only short periods between fights, so I was never 100 per cent.”