Andrey Ryabinsky, the promoter for WBC period in-between-heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin, believes Oleksandr Usyk is just a little too small to compete with the massive men of the burden category.
Usyk, a former undisputed cruiserweight champion, moved up to heavyweight in 2019 with a stoppage win over late alternative Chazz Witherspoon.
whereas he bought the victory, the performance did not provoke the critics.
in the aftermath, Witherspoon explained that Usyk become on no account in a position to damage him in the contest. He blamed actual exhaustion on the loss.
Usyk returned for his 2nd heavyweight bout in October – choosing up a more difficult than expected choice win over division veteran Derek Chisora.
Afterwards, Usyk, who holds the number 1 rating with the WBO, promised to push forward with his obligatory shot at unified champion Anthony Joshua.
Joshua returned to the ring previous this month in London and knocked out the IBF’s mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev, in 9 rounds of motion.
Usyk stands in the means of a full division unification between Joshua and WBC world champion Tyson Fury.
while Ryabinsky thoroughly respects the boxing skill of Usyk, the Russian promoter believes he’s too small to beat the division’s giants like Joshua, Fury and Deontay Wilder.
“Pulev did not make any competition in any respect, Joshua simply took him out, which, basically, turned into [what everyone had expected] before the combat,” Ryabinsky instructed Vasily Konov by way of cell.
“I feel that [Usyk’s] options in fights with guys like Joshua, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder don’t seem to be outstanding. Usyk is just too small for them, however here’s his simplest disadvantage [as a fighter]. Usyk’s faculty of boxing is conveniently beautiful: more advantageous than the leisure. but he’s just small for this weight, he might also no longer have satisfactory vigor. however the combat between Joshua and Fury is terribly cool, every person will are looking to see that.”