The Big Question: what did you make of Usyk's heavyweight debut?

Boxing Monthly
16/10/2019 8:56pm

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Oleksandr Usyk made his heavyweight debut last weekend with a stoppage victory against Chazz Witherspoon. Members of the BM team assess the Ukrainian's performance...

Usyk did what he was expected to do on his heavyweight debut against a late replacement. It was a typical performance from the Ukrainian but just at a higher weight. It's always hard to look great against a fighter who isn't really there to win but I thought he looked his usual self. I enjoyed watching it but we all want to see him in with bigger threats next. The winner of Ruiz vs Joshua next year would be great but another outing before Christmas or in January would benefit Usyk too, against better opposition. His heavyweight run could be something special if the champions actually agree to face him sooner rather than later! - Lee Gormley

I think it was what was needed: an official entry into the heavyweight division with a win over a non-dangerous well-known-name. I hope his next contest really shows us what he can do.... hopefully it will be against a name like Pulev, Takam or Parker. - Colin Harris

Usyk did just about everything you could ask of him in his heavyweight debut in dominating a limited, but naturally larger,  Witherspoon. The didn't answer many questions (we still don't know how his chin will hold up against elite level heavyweight power), but Usyk got in much-needed rounds after an injury, rehab and the longest lay-off of his career. On top of that, the former cruiserweight champ proved he was a financial draw with the Ukrainian-American fans in Chicago. - Michael Montero

It was typical Usyk, wasn't it? Against a guy like Witherspoon he could have, if he wanted to, got the job done in half the time but the Ukrainian likes to toy with his food. And yes he's a threat to the heavyweight champions - just not in the traditional, bruising sense of the word. - Oliver McManus