Andrew Tabiti (17-1) appeared on Mayweather Promotions' Instagram Live stream last week for a fan question and answer session. Mayweather Promotions' CEO Leonard Ellerbe served as the moderator.
One of the questions asked of Tabiti was his thoughts on former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksander Usyk's chances for success in the cruiserweight division.
"Usyk is a (Olympic) gold medalist. He is a real good fighter. My thoughts on him being a heavyweight? I think it is going to be tough for him fighting those big guys like Joshua and Wilder. It could be tough but then again he is a good boxer. He has good craft, southpaw, so he can do some things in the division, 100%. That is definitely a fight I want to get when I become a heavyweight," Tabiti explained.
Tabiti has been out of the ring since his June, 2019 loss to Yuniel Dorticos in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series tournament.
The covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has paused all boxing for the time being which has pushed back Tabiti's ring return but he hopes to have a busy second half of the year.
Without being asked, the 30-year-old also laid out his hit list for when he moves up in weight.
"I would like to fight Usyk, Andy Ruiz, we could fight Michael Hunter, Gerald Washington, Charles Martin, everybody. Just line them up," Tabiti explained.
When asked by Ellerbe to reveal his long-term and short-term plans, Tabiti made it clear that he first wants to take care of unfinished business in the cruiserweight division.
"Short term I want to get a couple belts at cruiserweight so hopefully this is my last year. Then try to get a rematch with Dorticos and get that belt then fight for the WBC belt then go straight to heavyweight in a year and a half. We could fight Charles Martin right away, a Gerald Washington right away. I think I have the skills to fight Andy Ruiz. I think I can beat him," said Tabiti.
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