Winning the undisputed cruiserweight crown opened up an abundance of opportunities for Oleksandr Usyk. His win in the final of The World Boxing Super Series introduced him to the fandom as one of the best in the world.
Usyk is now looking to expand his influence in the sport, as well as his trinket collection. Egis Klimas recently told World Boxing News about how his client plans to do that.
K2 Promotions believe they can get Usyk to a heavyweight title fight in just three steps. Klimas confirmed that the cruiserweight title defence against Tony Bellew is the first order of business.
“After that fight, we will be looking for any other interesting fights that can be made at cruiserweight or go to heavyweight without jumping into fighting Anthony Joshua straight away”.
Rumours are abound that Andre Ward is poised for a comeback. If he does, Egis looks to match him with Usyk after the Bellew fight.
Ward retired in 2017 with the light heavyweight titles; an unblemished record and the top spot on the pound-for-pound rankings. A win over Ward would be another claim to supremacy.
If that fight does not materialise, Usyk would face a heavyweight, a ‘warm-up’ to acclimatise at the weight. K2 would then look for a heavyweight title shot against Anthony Joshua.
It is worth noting that the WBO recently instated Usyk as ‘super champion’. This means that upon his move to heavyweight, he would become the mandatory challenger to the WBO title.
It is also interesting that Eddie Hearn recently expressed an interest in signing him to a multi-fight deal. Bellew, a heavyweight such as Dillian Whyte and then a showdown with Joshua. Coincidence? I doubt it. All the stars are aligning for Usyk. The Ukrainian has a bright future.
Source: World Boxing News