Eddie Hearn considers Usyk a genius, but his stamina when exchanging blows with a larger opponent raises doubts from the promoter.
On October 31, Alexander Usik (17-0, 13 KOs) will have his second heavyweight fight against Derek Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs), and if he wins, he will probably fight Anthony Joshua next year.
At the same time, Usyk’s resilience under the blows of a heavyweight veteran, according to Hearn, remains in question:
“What do we know about Usyk? He’s a genius. Amazing footwork, timing, intelligence. What we don’t know about him? How he takes heavy punches. When he boxed in his first heavyweight fight with Witherspoon, there were definite signs that Alexander barely tolerates the exact hits of the opponent. “
And yet Eddie Hearn believes that regardless of the result of the fight with Chisora, Usyk will forever remain in boxing history:
“It’s a tough test for him, but he is one of the greatest fighters of all time anyway.”
Today, Alexander Usik is a mandatory contender for the WBO heavyweight title, and he will put this status on the line in Saturday’s fight with Derek Chisora.