Michael Hunter Not Sold On Oleksandr Usyk Getting Big Fights At Heavyweight
Michael Hunter believes Oleksandr Usyk is missing something to stand out in the heavyweight division.
Usyk is the former undisputed cruiserweight champion. He decided to vacate all of his gold in favor of moving up to the heavyweight division. He is the mandatory WBO Heavyweight Title contender and is likely due for an interim title fight with Joe Joyce.
During an interview with Sky Sports, Hunter, who suffered a loss to Usyk back in 2017, said he doesn’t believe the Ukrainian bruiser commands respect as a heavyweight.
“He is a fully-fledged heavyweight. He’s taller than me. He’s a small fully-fledged heavyweight, but I think that it’s going to be very hard for Usyk to get heavyweight fights. I think that other heavyweights don’t see him as a heavyweight.
“Another thing I think he’s going to have a problem with in [the heavyweight division] is people want to see [fighters] getting knocked out and coming off the canvas. He doesn’t do any of that or have any of those components. Even like myself, I’m more of a boxer-puncher, I’ll put myself on the line, or go forward to get the knockout. Go above and beyond just protecting yourself at all times.
“That’s one thing that I don’t think he can do it because he’s really a pure boxer. To be a fighter and to try to do that as a heavyweight, I think that will be setting yourself up for failure.”