Whyte: Usyk Will Struggle At Heavyweight
Sitting ringside for Oleksandr Usyk’s biggest victory to date, top heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte feels he’d “maul him all night long.
Usyk would stop former cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew with an eighth-round knockout on Saturday night in Manchester, and is eyeing a move up to heavyweight, which Whyte sees as short-sighted.
“Usyk will struggle at heavyweight,” he exclusively told Sky Sports.
“Heavyweights are bigger and stronger guys and they will manhandle him. If I fought him I wouldn’t do what Tony Bellew was doing, I’d be charging at him all around the ring.
When asked about what would happen if they fought, Whyte claims it would be a long night for the undefeated Ukrainian. “He’s not going to drop me with one punch,” Whyte said after the card at the Manchester Arena. “I would maul him all night long. I would fight him in a very uncomfortable zone for him.” “If it’s a big fight and he wants it, he can have it. I’m game. If Usyk wants it he can have it. I’m the ‘Can Man’, like I say all the time. If you’re a top-10 fighter, you can have it.
“I can never see him shock a real heavyweight, maybe his movement to some lazy heavyweight, but as a heavyweight, you close it down, nullify it, and beat him up, rough him up.
“You will out-weight him by two or three stones, so weigh him down, push him around. He didn’t like a few things Bellew did, like hit him on the side of the head, and he was complaining, so I saw a few signs there that he doesn’t like it rough.”
“It was a great performance from Bellew but an even greater performance from Usyk,” he said. “I had Bellew winning the first four rounds easily but when you fight guys like that [Usyk], they’re annoying. They keep moving around, catching you with annoying little punches that just break your concentration over time.”
“Bellew fought better than people thought he would. It was strange, he started to back off, maybe his nose got broken or something, or his jaw or something, but it’s too easy just sitting here saying he should’ve done this or that.
“Personally though I thought Bellew should’ve roughed him up more. Maybe he was trying to prove a point by out-boxing a boxer.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports