Oleksandr Usyk, the unified heavyweight boxing champion, has admitted he is thinking about returning to the cruiserweight class.
Usyk recently defeated Anthony Joshua twice, winning and then successfully defending the combined WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight world titles.
With Tyson Fury holding the only other major heavyweight championship in the category, the WBC heavyweight title, this reportedly set up an exciting undisputed matchup.
Usyk, however, declared himself ineligible to compete for the remainder of 2022 due to an injury, thus The Gypsy King began hunting for a replacement opponent for later in the year.
It had been anticipated that Fury would face Joshua, but that fight fell through. It is currently unknown who Fury will face next, but he is getting ready for the battle on December 3 at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
Usyk recently disclosed that he is thinking about moving back to cruiserweight, which means the highly anticipated matchup with Fury might never take place.
The Ukrainian claims that competing at heavyweight is simple for him but expresses frustration over how much food he has consume to reach the required weight.
In a recent interview with Parimach, Usyk stated, “I was thinking about going back to cruiserweight and collecting a few more world belts.”
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You must be really heavy to be a heavyweight, you know. I assume you eat a lot. Fighting these monsters is not difficult, but having to constantly eat is rather challenging.
And now, especially in the training camps, I put in far more effort than I did when I was a cruiserweight. I had to practise a lot and swim ten kilometres. I simply want to pause right now and rest.
It takes a lot of effort to train for six months. For such a long period, I didn’t see anyone or my wife, kids, or family.
Usyk defeated Marco Huck, Marius Briedis, and Murat Gassiev in their own backyards to claim all four belts prior to his switch to the heavyweight division.
After successfully defending them against Tony Bellew in the UK, The Cat moved up to heavyweight where he defeated Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora rather than accept a world title fight right away.
The cruiserweight belts, which are now held by Arsen Goulamirian, Ilunga Makabu, Jai Opetaia, and Lawrence Okolie, have dispersed since he left.