Fraser Clark: Usyk became the undisputed heavyweight champion, which makes his achievement more remarkable than Crawford’s

The Briton respects the merits of his American colleague, but for him the Ukrainian is number one in the P4P ranking

British heavyweight Fraser Clark believes that the absolute world heavyweight champion Alexander Usik deserves to be considered the best pound-for-pound (P4P) boxer in the world than the American Terence Crawfordformer absolute champion in two weight categories.

“It’s wrong, but since Usyk became the undisputed heavyweight champion, it makes his achievement more remarkable, right? “Crawford’s fights were probably more difficult because the lighter fighters have a lot more skill, pace and speed.”

“It’s important what you like, but, of course, since Usyk achieved this at heavyweight, it gives his victories brightness. But the way Crawford performed with Errol Spence… No one knew how their fight would turn out. The odds were 50/50. The odds in a fight were equal until they became unequal. After three rounds it was pretty obvious there was only one daddy in the welterweight division.”

“I will put Usyk on top. Just because it’s him, my division and history.”

Let us remind you that on the night of May 19, Usik inflicted the first defeat on Fury in his professional career in a fight that took place at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). The victory was awarded to the Ukrainian by a split decision: 115-112, 113-114 and 114-113.

Usik became the first absolute world heavyweight champion in the era of four belts. In the heavyweight division, the last time Lennox Lewis held absolute status was in 1999, but then three titles were enough for this title.

Alexander is the second boxer in history after Evander Holyfield, who was the absolute world champion in cruiserweight and heavyweight. Also, the Ukrainian boxer became the third (after Terence Crawford and Naoya Inoue) in the era of four prestigious titles to become the absolute champion in two weight categories.

Thanks to his victory, Usik topped the ranking of the best boxers in the world regardless of weight category (P4P) from the authoritative magazine The Ring. The Ukrainian rose from third place compared to the previous rating. Japan’s Naoya Inoue retained second place, while Terence Crawford was third.

It was reported that an agreement had been reached between Usyk and Fury for a re-fight. The “Gypsy King” has officially activated the rematch option. The second fight between Usik and Fury will take place on December 21, 2024 in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).

Source: Sportarena

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