Eddie Hearn, promoter for two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, believes Oleksandr Usyk will defeat Deontay Wilder in impressive fashion - if that fight comes together.
Last month in Saudi Arabia, Usyk retained the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles when he outboxed Joshua over twelve rounds to retain the unified straps.
Usyk was then targeted by WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury - who wanted a year-end undisputed showdown.
However, Usyk made it clear that he won't be ready to fight until early 2023.
Due to that scenario, Fury is now engaged in serious negotiations to face Joshua on a date in December.
According to Usyk, he's willing to stay busy by defending his world titles against Wilder - who next month will return to the ring against Robert Helenius at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The bout will be Wilder's first ring appearance since losing a shootout with Fury last October in their trilogy fight. Helenius, widely viewed as a big underdog, is coming off back to back stoppage wins over Adam Kownacki.
Usyk has stated that he plans to be ringside for Wilder-Helenius - with the mindset of potentially facing Wilder if he wins that contest.
Hearn expects Usyk's skills to pay the bills, but he also cautions that Wilder has that eraser with his feared one-punch power.
“I think [Usyk-Wilder] a good fight, I think obviously the Saudis will want the undisputed fight [between Fury and Usyk] but that couldn’t happen for a while now if we make the Fury-AJ fight, so we’ll have to see. I don’t see Usyk losing a round to Deontay Wilder but at the same time Wilder carries the power to cause problems for anyone," Hearn told ID Boxing.