Hearn Compares Usyk To Holyfield

With Tony Bellew in his rear-view mirror, Oleksandr Usyk is being encouraged to make an anticipated move up to heavyweight.

“Ultimately if he talks about the likes of Joshua, he needs to move into those realms of opponents and size, sooner rather than later,” Hearn told Sky Sports of the undisputed cruiserweight champion, who has called for a fight against Joshua in the future. “He is 31, so he’s a spring chicken in terms of miles on the clock in the professional game, but he’s good enough to go on and mix it with those top heavyweights now.

“You look at the opponents for Usyk at heavyweight – Jarrell Miller, Dillian Whyte, Derek Chisora, Adam Kownacki, Luis Ortiz. There’s so many fights for him at heavyweight that he could jump straight into.

With a lack of top challengers at cruiserweight, Hearn views Usyk’s evolution to heavyweight the same as another former cruiserweight champion.

“Back to the days of Evander Holyfield, he was a genius, his size compared to the others, but he made up for it with skill and heart,” Hearn said of the former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion. “Usyk is going to have to do the same thing, because to beat these big, big guys, he’s going to have to do what very few have done before him.

“How many have gone from undisputed or unified cruiserweight champion to undisputed or unified heavyweight champion? Not many, so he would be on a very small list, but that’s what he wants to do. He’s focused to do it, and I see Usyk being in some major heavyweight fights in 2019.”

Initial Report: Sky Sports

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