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Usyk: Breidis' Style is Boring; All He Did Was Hold Versus Perez

By Keith Idec

Oleksandr Uysk hopes Mairis Breidis has a better plan than to hold him throughout their fight Saturday night.

That might’ve served Breidis well against Mike Perez, but Usyk knows exactly how to combat that tactic. As Usyk watched footage of the Breidis-Perez fight, he couldn’t understand why Perez didn’t try using his jab to keep Breidis from holding him.

Perez did his fair share of holding as well in that quarterfinal of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament. Breidis beat the Cuban southpaw by unanimous decision in their 12-rounder September 30 in Riga, Latvia, Breidis’ hometown.

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That win enabled Breidis to retain his WBC cruiserweight championship. It also moved him into the WBSS cruiserweight semifinals against Ukraine’s Usyk (13-0, 11 KOs), another southpaw who has traveled to Riga to battle Breidis (23-0, 18 KOs).

“I’ve watched this fight many times now,” Usyk said, referring to Breidis-Perez, as part of a promotional documentary for their fight. “There’s too much hugging in this fight. Why didn’t the referee say, ‘Break?’ What’s this charade for?

“[Breidis] does it pretty damn professionally. He holds. It shouldn’t be allowed. Perez [didn’t] know how to stop it. He doesn’t know how to work with the jab. The jab is the most important thing. If he had worked with the jab, the fight would’ve been more difficult for Mairis.”

Usyk stopped Germany’s Marco Huck in the 10th round September 9 in Berlin to defend his WBO cruiserweight title and advance to the semifinals. He hopes to disappoint Breidis’ hometown fans in similar fashion.

“To tell you the truth, I think he’s boring,” Usyk said. “But he became a good boxer, and he’s quite a skillful boxer since he became a world champion. It’s not easy to win world titles and win [23] battles, and most of those battles he won by knockout. I don’t like his [boxing] style, but that’s my own subjective opinion.”

The Breidis-Usyk winner will secure his place in the WBSS cruiserweight final and face the winner of the second semifinal between Cuba’s Yunier Dorticos (22-0, 21 KOs), the WBA champ, and Russia’s Murat Gassiev (25-0, 18 KOs, 1 NC), the IBF champ, on February 3 in Sochi, Russia. The cruiserweight final will take place on an undetermined May date in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Andre_parker1 on 01-25-2018

usyk will nullify the clinching tactics he's taller and faster than briedis..usyk by ud or by corner stoppage late rounds

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 01-24-2018

Perez has a good jab but Briedis disarmed it by constantly clinching and disrupting his rhythm! Wouldn't be surprised if Briedis comes with similar tactics but Usyk is on another planet when it comes to skills! Usyk by TKO 11th…

Comment by soul_survivor on 01-24-2018

[QUOTE=Tom Cruise;18432004]He smashed Huck to bits and barely took a shot in return. What did you want him to do?[/QUOTE] You didn't watch the fight then. He looked sluggish at time, out of breath and didnt always fight at the…

Comment by asgarth on 01-24-2018

[QUOTE=soul_survivor;18431991]Yeah but Usyk hardly looked a million bucks against Huck.[/QUOTE] lol? he was comfortably outboxing him, hurting him in every other round, knocked him out and was winning every second of the fight.

Comment by Evil_Meat on 01-24-2018

[QUOTE=soul_survivor;18431991]Yeah but Usyk hardly looked a million bucks against Huck.[/QUOTE] You must be trolling. If not, please elaborate.

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