Michael Hunter Hopes For Heavyweight Rematch With Usyk

Heavyweight contender Michael Hunter is hoping to eventually land the opportunity for a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

In April 2017, Usyk won a twelve round unanimous decision over Hunter.

Since that contest, Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) has unified the entire cruiserweight division by uniting the IBF, WBO, WBA, WBC world titles. And he's also won the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament.

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Hunter (15-1, 10 KOs) moved up to the heavyweight division, where he's won three straight.

On Saturday night in Monaco, Hunter will face the giant sized Alexander Ustinov. Hunter is coming off a knockout win over highly regarded prospect Martin Bakole.

Usyk is expected to move up to the heavyweight division in 2019.

"Hopefully I will get to fight him [again]. I know he's going to be moving up to heavyweight and hopefully my time will come where I meet him again," Hunter told Sky Sports.

"I was one of his toughest opponents, I would definitely say that. I can meet him on the boxing skills most of the time. Tony Bellew? I don't feel like he has the boxing skills that he [Usyk] does. A lot of other fighters that he fights don't have the boxing skills. I would say, skill for skill [I'm one of the toughest]."

Hunter admits that inexperience and coming off a near year of inactivity hurt him in the bout with Usyk.

"I didn't fight a year prior," Hunter said about his fight with Usyk. "I just jumped in there with the undisputed world champ. There's a lot of different things, right before the fight.

"Things weren't going as smooth, but I thought it was a great opportunity for me to jump up in the rankings and take a lead in my career. Unfortunately it didn't work out for myself.

"He's not a devastating puncher, so it wasn't like I got hurt, or took any war wounds from the fight. Just learning lessons."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mammoth on 11-23-2018

Go back to Cruiserweight dammit!!!

Comment by Nomar on 11-23-2018

Hunter looking past Ustinov. He wants the big payday vs Usyk.

Comment by Boksfan on 11-23-2018

Not a bad fight I suppose.

Comment by Raggamuffin on 11-22-2018

He was doing well until he ran out of gas. I'd like to see it again!!!

Comment by Tony Trick-Pony on 11-22-2018

I don't think that would be good for Hunter. The first fight should have been stopped in the last round. Usyk's out of his league, although Hunter did have his moments in the first half of the fight.

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