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Hearn: Usyk good enough to compete with top heavyweights right now

Eddie Hearn says if Oleksandr Usyk wants to fight the best heavyweights he’ll need to jump into that pond sooner than later.

Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew - Cruiserweight World Title Fight Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Oleksandr Usyk already holds all the major world titles at cruiserweight, so it’s no wonder that the fighter has been looking up the scale to other challenges at heavyweight.

Usyk’s name has recently been linked with a potential fight against Anthony Joshua, who is a unified titleholder, and Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn tells Sky Sports that Usyk is ready right now to go after some notable heavyweights.

“Ultimately if he talks about the likes of Joshua, he needs to move into those realms of opponents and size, sooner rather than later,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

“You look at the opponents for Usyk at heavyweight - Jarrell Miller, Dillian Whyte, Derek Chisora, Adam Kownacki, Luis Ortiz. There’s so many fights for him at heavyweight that he could jump straight into.”

Hearn goes on to mention that unless Adonis Stevenson is willing to move up in weight to challenge Usyk, or unless Andre Ward comes out of retirement, there’s really nothing left in the division for Usyk.

But do you think Usyk would be able to handle the size and pressure of someone like Anthony Joshua, or even a Jarrell Miller?

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