Oleksandr Usyk has embraced the ‘middleweight’ nickname given to him by fellow champion, Tyson Fury, and seems ready to prove that size isn’t everything.
The pair are currently in negotiations to stage a heavyweight undisputed fight for the first time since Lennox Lewis graced the ring.
Despite the fight not yet being formally announced, all information from behind the scenes points to it happening in the spring of this year – and so predictions are coming thick and fast.
Many in the sport feel that Usyk’s size will be the difference and plays into Fury’s favour. The Ukrainian was previously undisputed cruiserweight champion, so naturally has a smaller frame than the bonafide super heavyweight stature of ‘The Gypsy King.’
The one man who doesn’t seem fazed by the bulk disparity is Usyk himself, who is confident that he’ll leave the ring a sole champion in the division. He’s even hinted that it plays in his favour – affectionately referring to his potential opponent as ‘Belly.’
In a recent social media post, the WBA, IBF and WBO champion showed off a lean figure and called on Fury to make the fight.
— Alexander Usyk (@usykaa) January 10, 2023
Fans will remember well that height or weight difference played little part in his fights with Anthony Joshua, whom he beat twice convincingly to gain his unified champion status.
Before the size difference is put to the test in the ring and predictions are proved right or wrong, contracts must be signed and a fight announced.
As far as the honours of hosting go, it’s likely to end up in the Middle East given the huge financial gain available for all involved – although the promoters have been careful not to rule out a return to Wembley Stadium.