Parker’s Trainer Expects A Different Usyk
For Oleksandr Usyk, his chance at winning a world heavyweight championship may just be two months away.
Per a report from Boxing Scene, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion fights for the second time in the heavyweight division on March 21st potentially against Dereck Chisora inside London’s O2 Arena.
Yet, he’s also been linked to former WBO world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, who may face Usyk for the WBO championship if Anthony Joshua is stripped by taking a fight with IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev.
“I don’t think Usyk’s first performance at heavyweight was anything to be too excited by but he was still growing into his body. After being a cruiserweight for most of his amateur career and all of his professional career and then going up to heavyweight – he had to put on quite a bit of weight and his body was still making the adjustment. He definitely never looked spectacular in the fight against Chazz Witherspoon and he was unable to put him on the canvas. Even his punches looked slow. I am pretty sure that a skillful guy like Usyk will rebound and look much better in his next heavyweight fight,” Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry told Boxing Scene as Parker prepares for a February 29th return to the ring.
“We need this to be a decent fight. Joseph Parker is an elite fighter and we need to fight real people. We are looking for somebody who will give us a really good fight and prepare us for bigger fights later in the year.”