Johnny Nelson remembers Oleksandr Usyk 'bossing' Wladimir Klitschko in sparring

Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew - Cruiserweight World Title Fight

Boxing legend Johnny Nelson has revealed how Oleksandr Usyk once ‘bossed’ former world champion Wladimir Klitschko before his fight against Tyson Fury.

It is believed that Klitschko had sparred with Usyk as he was preparing for his classic bout with Fury, with the younger doing so well against him that he was thrown out of the ring.

Klitschko had sought after his fellow countryman before his title defence against the Brit as a way to prepare against the elusiveness and awkward fighting style the Gypsy King adopted.

However, to avoid further humiliation in front of the international press, he sent him away with Johnny Nelson noting that Usyk had made a lasting impression on him.

Nelson, who is the longest reigning cruiserweight champion of all time, has built a lot of excitement around the Ukrainian, who will make his professional heavyweight boxing debut on Saturday night against Chazz Witherspoon in Chicago.

“I rate Usyk, when I saw him sparring with Wladimir when Wladimir was preparing for Tyson Fury, I said ‘Who is that guy? Who is he?” Nelson told Behind The Gloves.

“I had no idea but I knew there was something special about him. He did one round with Wladimir, and Wladimir slung him out and said ‘get out, not while the press is still here.

“He was making it hard for Wladimir, he was like bossing Wladimir. ‘Get him out! Get someone else in!,’ Nelson explained.

Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew - Cruiserweight World Title Fight

Usyk had previously taken the cruiserweight division by storm, where he was the first ever to hold all four world titles at that level, beating some big names like Tony Bellew to sit atop the division.

Known by many as ‘The Cat’, the 31-year-old was meant to make his heavyweight division debut back in May against Carlos Takam, but the match-up had to be scrapped due to a bicep injury suffered by the Ukrainian.

Now, having taken the step up to the heavyweight division, rumours of potential bouts with Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have surfaced.

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