P4P countdown: No 8: Oleksandr Usyk
Over the course of the next few days, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came eighth...
Name: Oleksandr Usyk
BM online P4P ranking: 8th (up two places from January)
Fight record: 14-0 (11 KOs)
Report card: Winner of the WBO cruiser crown in just his tenth fight, Usyk made two defences in 2017 - a wide points win against previously unbeaten Michael Hunter, and a tenth-round stoppage of former longtime WBO champ Marco Huck in the World Boxing Super Series quarter-finals. He then began 2018 with a bang, defeating Latvian Mairis Briedis in Riga to unify the WBC and WBO crowns and win a place in the WBSS final.
Prospects: Usyk will face hard as nails Russian Murat Gassiev in the WBSS final, most likely on 21 July in Moscow. It's a monumental test, but the rewards should the Ukrainian win will be massive - all four cruiser belts and most likely an enhanced P4P status prior to an expected move up to heavyweight.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 32 - all of our ten-person panel ranked Usyk in their individual top tens, with a highest placing of sixth.
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Shaun Brown.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued.