With all the current controversy and excitement surrounding heavyweight boxing, it has been easy to forget the recent anticipated arrival of Oleksandr Usyk.
After his shattering knockout of Tony Bellew, Usyk had already known that he’d be making the step up from cruiserweight to heavyweight.
For a fighter who hasn’t even fought in the division yet, Usyk may already be considered as one of the most dangerous opponents in the heavyweight division.
His name was rolled in with the likes of Anthony Joshua almost instantly as word spread that he would be looking to brace the division up.
Joshua, though, seems occupied at the moment which seems to have paved the way for other heavyweight giants to take the hit and fight the undefeated cruiserweight champion.
Usyk’s K2 promoter Alex Krassyuk has spoken about the chances of who the Ukrainian may make his heavyweight debut against.
In a tweet published by Michael Benson, it is revealed that both Jarrell Miller and Joseph Parker have already turned down the fight.
Miller, though, now has a strong chance of fighting Joshua in New York. As for Parker, he was beaten by both Dillian Whyte and Joshua just last year.
There are two names, though, that may just be the first opponent in Usyk’s heavyweight career.
Alexander Povetkin or Luis Ortiz.
Both are experienced heavyweight fighters with impressive records. Povetkin has lost just two of his 36 fights, whilst Ortiz has lost just one of his 33 contests.
Though, there is a reason why heavyweight boxers aren’t jumping at the chance to fight this newby.
Usyk would undoubtedly be one of the quickest and most dangerous debut fighters to challenge this current heavyweight division.
He boasted an impressive record of 16 fights and 16 wins in a dominant display in the cruiserweight division.
With talk that Usyk may be forced to stay in cruiserweight for one last title defence against Denis Lebedev, Krassyuk has revealed that the fights with either Ortiz or Povetkin is 70% likely to happen.