Fighter Of The Week: Oleksandr Usyk

Another loaded week of boxing and all-star performances produced another difficult task of picking just one single Fighter of The Week. In a week that saw Joe Smith Jr almost kill a dude with an uppercut and a young Mexican protege in a fan-friendly slugfest with a British tough guy. I am reminded of a quote from our former president Ronald Reagan who said: “There aren’t always easy choices but there are obvious one…” With that in mind, there is only one obvious choice for this weeks fighter of the week, newly minted undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world Oleksandr Usyk put together a near perfect performance in dismantling Murat Gassiev in a near shut outperformance.

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Usyk became the first undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world since the legendary “Real Deal” Evander Holyfield and became just the fourth fighter in the four belt era to unify all four belts joining middleweights Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor. Terence Crawford pulled off the feat last year at the 140-pound division when he destroyed Julius Indongo. Usky put together a sensational display of hand speed, footwork, combination punching and work rate for the totality of his 12 round destruction of Murat Gassiev. A fight that was viewed as 50/50 but most fans was never in doubt. Usky controlled the entire fight and cemented his legacy in the cruiserweight division and his spot on pound for pound lists.

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Oleksandr Usyk looked like and has been compared to fellow countrymen and pound for pound elite star Vasyl Lomachenko. After putting together a spectacular performance in the biggest fight of his life and dominating an elite fighter Loma, jumped up in weight classes and took down a long-reigning champion. Its Usyk’s turn to do the same. There is nothing else for him to prove at cruiser he will have his name forever remembered as one of the great cruisers of all-time. Now he needs to cement the next stage of his legacy and like the last undisputed cruiserweight champion needs to see to challenge for the heavyweight strap. Deontay Wilder is without a superstar opponent and looking for his next opponent, he’s openly claiming AJ is ducking him. Perhaps that’s the case, perhaps it isn’t, either way, that fight’s not coming off right now. So, how about fighting Usyk?

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