Heavyweight contender Michael Hunter is hoping to eventually land the opportunity for a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.
In April 2017, Usyk won a twelve round unanimous decision over Hunter.
Since that contest, Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) has unified the entire cruiserweight division by uniting the IBF, WBO, WBA, WBC world titles. And he’s also won the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament.
Hunter (15-1, 10 KOs) moved up to the heavyweight division, where he’s won three straight.
On Saturday night in Monaco, Hunter will face the giant sized Alexander Ustinov. Hunter is coming off a knockout win over highly regarded prospect Martin Bakole.
Usyk is expected to move up to the heavyweight division in 2019.
“Hopefully I will get to fight him [again]. I know he’s going to be moving up to heavyweight and hopefully my time will come where I meet him again,” Hunter told Sky Sports.
“I was one of his toughest opponents, I would definitely say that. I can meet him on the boxing skills most of the time. Tony Bellew? I don’t feel like he has the boxing skills that he [Usyk] does. A lot of other fighters that he fights don’t have the boxing skills. I would say, skill for skill [I’m one of the toughest].”
Hunter admits that inexperience and coming off a near year of inactivity hurt him in the bout with Usyk.
“I didn’t fight a year prior,” Hunter said about his fight with Usyk. “I just jumped in there with the undisputed world champ. There’s a lot of different things, right before the fight.
“Things weren’t going as smooth, but I thought it was a great opportunity for me to jump up in the rankings and take a lead in my career. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for myself.
“He’s not a devastating puncher, so it wasn’t like I got hurt, or took any war wounds from the fight. Just learning lessons.”