Former WBO World Heavyweight Champion Johnny Nelson shared his thoughts on a potential fight between WBA / WBO / IBF heavyweight title holder Anthony Joshua and Alexander Usik.
“Without a doubt, the fight with Usyk could be a banana peel for Joshua. I think Usyk is an amazing fighter. Of course, he was the king of the first heavyweight division. I thought he would make a splash in the heavyweight division, but in two heavyweight fights he probably , didn’t impress me as much as in cruiserweight. It tells me that Usyk is now fighting with bigger guys. And many of these big guys can hit and have speed.
After all, he has to rely on boxing skills. I don’t think Usyk will ever compare with the heavyweights in terms of power. In terms of skills, it will take him a little time to get comfortable in this weight.
If I were Usyk’s team, I would have waited and spent five fights in the heavyweight division before saying that he was ready, since this is a big risk for him. Can he beat Anthony Joshua? Of course, Usyk thinks he can. But Joshua is a big, fast, powerful athlete and a born heavyweight, “Johnny Nelson told Boxing UK.