Algieri: I think Usyk is tired of fighting heavyweights and therefore wants to return to cruiserweight

The ex-world champion believes that it is difficult for the Ukrainian to maintain the required weight

Former world champion Chris Algieri commented on the information that the absolute world champion in heavyweight Alexander Usik is considering the option of returning to cruiserweight.

“Usik is not the kind of guy who trolls. He’s not Terence Crawford saying, “I’m going to move up in weight to fight this guy.” He is not Ryan Garcia, who said he would fight David Benavidez. Usik is not a troll, but a very serious guy, like all these Europeans.”

“So there must be reasons for this. And if Usyk says so, then you have to believe him. This is what they really think about. I believe that Usyk does not want to fight other heavyweights. “I think he doesn’t want to get in the ring with Zhang Zhilei because he’s a powerful guy and a much bigger guy.”

“Usyk is tired of dealing with larger rivals. He said he was tired of eating to keep his weight off. If he loses to Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury, fine, that’s understandable. But to lose to Zhilei or Joseph Parker… Parker would be a difficult opponent for Usyk because of his style and ability to move. Obviously, Alexander is not built like most of these heavyweights, so perhaps he will return to cruiserweight.”

Earlier it was reported that Usik may decide to change weight category after a rematch with former WVC belt holder Tyson Fury. Let us note that in the heavyweight division the Ukrainian became the absolute world champion.

On the night of May 19, Usik inflicted the first defeat of 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.

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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