Usyk 'considering dropping back down to cruiserweight division'

‘It’s not hard to fight with these giants, but it’s really hard to eat all the time’: Oleksandr Usyk ‘considering dropping back down to cruiserweight division to secure more belts’ with his potential bout against Tyson Fury on the back burner

  • Two-weight world champion won consecutive fights over Anthony Joshua 
  • The Ukrainian is considering dropping down to his old weight class in next bout
  • Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury unable to meet over scheduling disagreements 

Heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk is considering dropping down to his former cruiserweight division in pursuit of more belts. 

Usyk, 35, stepped up from his traditional weight class in his two bouts with Anthony Joshua, eventually defeating the Brit over their two bouts to claim the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles. 

With a unification bout against Tyson Fury uncertain anytime soon owing to disagreements over scheduling, Usyk has mooted the possibility of him dropping down in weight again. 

Oleksandr Usyk could drop down from the heavyweight division for another crack at the cruiserweight world titles

Speaking to Parimatch, Usyk said that the difficulty in being a heavyweight was the amount he had to eat, not the ‘giants’ he had to come up against in the ring. 

He said: ‘I was thinking about returning to cruiserweight and getting a few more of the world belts. 

‘You know, being a heavyweight means you have to be really heavy. You must eat a lot. It’s not hard to fight with these giants, but it’s really hard to eat all the time.

‘And now I work much more than I did as a cruiserweight, particularly in the training camps,’ Usyk continued. ‘I had to swim ten kilometers and train hard. At this moment I just want to stop and take a rest.

The Ukrainian became the first man in the four-belt era to hold all of the cruiserweight titles after his victory over Murat Gassiev in Moscow in 2018

He defended his titles with a win over Tony Bellew in Manchester a few months later

‘A half of a year of training is hard work. I didn’t see my family for such a long time, I didn’t see my wife, children or anyone.’

Usyk for a time held all four belts in the cruiserweight division, becoming the first man to achieve the feat in the four-belt era. 

His win over Murat Gassiev in Moscow in 2018 saw him claim the WBA (super) and IBF titles to add to his WBC and WBO, thus unifying the division. 

Having defeated Joshua in consecutive bouts, Usyk’s immediate future in the heavyweight class is uncertain with scheduling preventing a unification bout with Tyson Fury

As the unified champion while he then went on to defend his belts against Tony Bellew.

In preparation for his eventual bout against Joshua, Usyk fought – and beat – Derek Chisora in his first step up to the top division. 

Uysk himself had previously mooted a drop down below the 200lb limit, suggesting a catchweight bout against Canelo Alvarez at cruiserweight could happen.  

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