Lapin: Usyk Can Still Improve

Oleksandr Usyk manager Sergey Lapin believes the unified heavyweight champion is capable of performing at a higher level than he showed against Anthony Joshua back in September.

Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk dethroned WBA, WBO & IBF heavyweight title holder Joshua at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium via unanimous decision, with a rematch expected to land in the first half of 2022.

“I have known Oleksandr for more than 20 years. I have been there and seen all of his successes in boxing,” Lapin told MyBettingSites. “One thing that sets him apart is he processes information and adapts to the fighter in front of him very, very quickly. It sometimes seems to me that he is from another planet – he is that good.

“Despite the fact that he has a huge amount of experience and fights behind him, he is constantly improving and getting better every training day. I have seen and know what Usyk is really capable of, and the version of Usyk in the fight with Anthony Joshua was 60-70 percent of his potential. So yes, Usyk can really be better.”