Where does Usyk fit in the HW landscape?

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So where does an Usyk fit in all of this? Will he become the undisputed HW champion or will he be a massive failure? The landscape changes so much since Klitschko retired. It's been a fucking rollercoaster ride.
 
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I think his best was left in the amateurs, he's get Ruiz Jr or John McDermotted by even the young fat ones these days, McvDermott had somhing to prove after what he considered a robbery against Danny Williams




McDermott was another fat guy who had the combos to beat much better fights, toughness, just not the stamina
 
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Usyk doesn't punch anywhere near as hard as the FAT ASS did last night
Sure but would you back Ruiz to beat him? Usyk is a much better boxer than AJ and can keep a pace nobody at heavyweight can match. Can't see anyone at heavyweight outboxing him bar Fury. A few might be able to stop him though. Remains to be seen how he takes a punch against the big men in the pro game.
 
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I'd like to see Usyk v Ruiz Jr, I fancy Usyk in this as a clear points winner.
 
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With Usyk, it's a classic case of "styles make fights."
If they match him very carefully, he could do extremely well for 2-3 years.

- But Tyson is probably too slick, Ruiz's hands are probably too fast, and Wilder would just murder him.
AJ would be a very interesting fight, but I think Usyk loses that one, too.

Then there are the up&coming monsters: Rivas, Wallen, Llunga, Franklin, etc etc He'll surely have to face the best of those guys at some point, as they rise to the top. Some of those guys are incredibly good, even at this point in their careers.
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Having said that, it's not impossible that Usyk will start changing his style. He's typically traded power for speed, but I think that was a conscious choice, based on most his opponents @ CW. - but there were a few times he really sat down & threw heavy. The Brieadis fight is a recent example, though that was a pretty borin, safety-first performance.

If Usyk keeps going in that direction, at HW, then who knows? He's fast, smart, and his defense & athleticism are excellent.
 
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Ar558a

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I think Usyk can be a real contender in the Heavyweight division. He clearly has he pedigree and skills the main question is will the extra weight slow him down too much. If he beats Takam I think the obvious fight's are either Whyte or Parker. If he wins that then he should get a shot at the title I'm guessing if AJ wins his rematch with Ruiz it could be done in Apr/May 2020. The winner can then fight the Winner of Wilder v Fury II. I hope AJ wins all three of these and that would put him back on a HOF path but if AJ loses the rematch (and retires which I assume is his only option at that point he wont be interested in being a third tier Heavy) then Usyk may find a Title fight hard to get as Haymon will have Ruiz v Wilder I and II and keep Matchroom fighters away from the belts
 

DB Cooper

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His timing on entering the heavyweight ranks could be quite opportune. But until he faces a big, capable heavyweight the jury is out.
 
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Once upon a time a fast and powerful southpaw pulled one of the greatest upsets in the heavyweight division against a 6'7" seemingly unstoppable heavyweight champion.

And it wasn't that long ago. It could happen again and given what we saw from AJ and AR, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised.