Eddie Hearn plans to move Oleksandr Usyk up to heavyweight

Eddie Hearn plans to move Oleksandr Usyk up to heavyweight

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Eddie Hearn plans to move Oleksandr Usyk up to heavyweight

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn says there is the possibility of “major heavyweight fights” in 2019 for Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk.

Usyk recently defeated Tony Bellew at cruiserweight to retain his status as undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world, though it remains unclear as to what his next step is going to be.

Hearn, who recently added Usyk to his ever-growing Matchroom stable, believes the biggest fights for him are at heavyweight due to a lack of big-name opponents left for him at cruiserweight.

“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.

“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, Dereck Chisora, Adam Kownacki, Luis Ortiz. There’s so many fights for him at heavyweight that he could jump straight into.

“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. 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.”

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