Hearn Sees Big Opportunity For Usyk At Heavyweight
Following his eighth round knockout of Tony Bellew, Oleksandr Usyk is set to rest until the new year.
Usyk would retain his WBC, WBA Super, IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine world cruiserweight titles on Saturday night, in his stoppage of Bellew at Manchester Arena.
While a move to Heavyweight has been in the cards for the Ukrainian champion, but he has yet to commit to the move and looking towards a heavyweight title.
He said: “You must be professional when taking these kind of decisions and right now my biggest concern is my rest because I want to have a vacation with my family.
“I’ve had a really tough year. It was the most difficult year of my career. It was the most successful one, but the most difficult as well, so now I’m thinking about spending time with my family –– my wife and my children –– and after that I will be ready to come up with a decision for the fans.
“But I will have some extra pasta for dinner. I enjoyed being here in the UK, most of my dreams have come true here.”
“We have the option, with [promoter] Alex [Krassyuk] and [manager] Egis [Klimas] to box Oleksandr anywhere we want,” Hearn said of Usyk, who he co-promotes with Krassyuk. “We want to box him in America, Britain will want to see him back and I’d like to box him in Ukraine because he hasn’t boxed at home as a pro and has been to all of his opponents’ back yards, but unfortunately I’ve seen his contract.
“There are so many great fights for him and it’s going to be so easy for Alex and Egis to tell me what they want to do and then we’ll do it,” Hearn said of potential heavyweight opponents.
“My guess is that they will want a strong fight at heavyweight, progress and ultimately go and challenge for the world heavyweight title.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene