By Tomi Pradarics
The news of undisputed cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk’s ring return targeted in late spring alongside with a hint of a ‘most likely’ move to the heavyweight division made headlines this week and it became a hot topic among the followers of the sweet science.
The Ukrainian pugilist’s promoter, Alexander Krassyuk took part of an exclusive interview earlier this week where he spoke to famous Ukrainian documentary movie director Sergey Dolbilov about the latest news regarding the ring schedules of the WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO/Ring belt holder Usyk.
The potential heavyweight debut of the undefeated super fighter is generally awaited since Usyk unified the division with a shockingly one-sided unanimous decision win last July against fellow two-belt champion Murat Gassiev in Moscow, Russia.
The ultimate mega-fight for the 32-year-old Ukrainian among the big fellas could come against the poster boy of boxing’s glamour division in fellow unbeaten and WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Anthony Joshua. The intersection between the parties is extravagant British businessman Eddie Hearn who navigates Joshua and also works with Usyk as a co-promoter since last September.
Though Krassyuk acknowledged the move to heavyweight will be ‘most likely’ set in the coming weeks, he also stated they may ask for protection for Usyk’s hard-earned belt-collection at cruiserweight.
“If a champion chooses to fight in another weight class, he has an option to submit an application to the sanctioning body and ask for permission regarding that bout. If he gets approved, he can keep his belt regardless of the result of his fight in that other division,” said the General Director of K2 Promotions’ Ukrainian section.
“If I am not mistaken, this is exactly what happened to Marco Huck when he stepped up to heavyweight to challenge Alexander Povetkin. He lost to Povetkin, but he kept moving forward as a champion at cruiserweight. There are such examples based on the rules and regulations of the sanctioning bodies.”
“We are communicating actively with the organizations about this option, and they are supporting us so that Usyk can keep his belts until we decide once and for all in which direction we want to go forward. All in all, we are obliged to provide such an alignment so that the belts will belong to Usyk until the last moment.”
It is currently unsure if Krassyuk is planning to hold on to the cruiserweight crown because of the thought of a potential return to the cruiserweight division in the second part of this year or perhaps these statements would be overruled by a successful debut at heavyweight by the Ukrainian in May.
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