Usyk Named ESPN Fighter Of The Year
In a year that saw Canelo Alvarez defeat Gennady Golovkin, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua solidify themselves a top the heavyweight division, it would be undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, who would take the World Wide Leader’s top spot.
Usyk, who would make his way to undisputed glory while a part of the World Boxing Super Series, was named by Dan Rafael as the top boxer of 2018 on Thursday.
The Ukrainian boxer would win the Muhammad Ali trophy making his way through Mairis Briedis in January, then defeating Murat Gassiev in July to become the first undisputed cruiserweight champion of the four belt era (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO).
Following that, Usyk would end the career of Tony Bellew in November to solidify a breakout year for the titleholder.
Bellow is Rafael’s list of Top Five Fighters of 2018
- Oleksandr Usyk
- Vasyl Lomachenko
- Mikey Garcia
- Anthony Joshua
- Maurice Hooker
Initial Report: ESPN