Hamed: Usyk Gives Joshua a Run For His Money, Wilder Too!

According to former world champion 'Prince' Naseem Hamed, undefeated Olympic gold medal winner Oleksandr Usyk (15-0, 11 KOs) is capable of beating the very best fighters in the heavyweight division.

This past Saturday night in Moscow, Usyk dominated unbeaten Murat Gassiev over twelve rounds to unify the IBF, WBC, WBO, WBA cruiserweight titles in the final bout of the World Boxing Super Series tournament.

Usyk became the first boxer in the history of the division to unify all four of the major sanctioning body titles.


Last year, Usyk mentioned the possibility of heading up to the heavyweight division, at some point in the near future, to face WBO, IBO, WBA, IBF world champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs).

Hamed believes Usyk is more than capable of beating Joshua - and WBC world champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) as well.

"I honestly think he would give Anthony Joshua a run for his money," said Hamed on ITV Box Office, according to scribe Nick Parkinson.

"I would like to see him fight AJ. He can work for 12 rounds. He would give Anthony serious problems. I think he can do the same thing [deliver a performance like the one against Gassiev] even against Wilder."

Following his big unification win, Usyk called for a showdown with former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew (30-2-1, 20 KOs).

Bellew is currently competing at heavyweight and is coming off back to back knockout wins over David Haye.

It remains to be seen if Bellew would consider the idea of moving back down, but Usyk has no problem with moving up in weight to make that fight happen.

"At this moment I heard that Tony Bellew is looking for winner of the World Boxing Super Series and I hope he will see me talking," Usyk said.

"Tony Bellew, are you ready? If he doesn't want to go down [to cruiserweight] I will go up [to heavyweight] for him. I will take extra spaghetti for dinner for him."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sktherealdeal on 08-01-2018

[QUOTE=Scopedog;18985310]On what planet is Valuev not a proper heavyweight??? You couldn't possibly be more wrong based just on that.[/QUOTE] I missed the part where I should have wrote aside from Valuev who became a boxer due to his size and…

Comment by Scopedog on 08-01-2018

[QUOTE=Sktherealdeal;18985276]David never beat a proper heavyweight[/QUOTE] On what planet is Valuev not a proper heavyweight??? You couldn't possibly be more wrong based just on that.

Comment by Scopedog on 08-01-2018

If I was Usyk, I'd wait a year or so and see what the heavyweight landscape looks like before making my decision to move up. If all the belts remain in the hands of 6'6+ giants like Joshua, Fury and…

Comment by Noelanthony on 08-01-2018

[QUOTE=Sktherealdeal;18985276]David never beat a proper heavyweight and was also mulled by Bellew who has no business withours heavyweight. Roy Jones was slick but he lost his mobility when he moved and all of them would be murdered by proper heavyweights…

Comment by Sktherealdeal on 08-01-2018

[QUOTE=Noelanthony;18961230]No ,just tongue and cheek. I don’t get worked up if someone doesn’t agree with my opinion and if anyone says anything that at least makes me take notice I tell them that. Now I totally understand you have conviction…

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