By Mark Elezaj
The Oleksandr Usyk heavyweight era is finally here.
Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) showed that he was too fast, technically sound and in good shape when he faced Witherspoon (38-4, 29 KOs) last night.
Witherspoon was able to land few shots through seven rounds, but it was Usyk who dominated throughout the fight, eventually getting the victory via seventh round TKO after Referee Hector Afu waved off the fight after talking with Witherspoon’s corner prior to the start of the eighth round.
It wasn’t a thrilling effort from Usyk, but he was never in any danger at any point throughout the fight.
When asked if he felt a difference between the cruiser weight and heavy weight division, he responded,
“Yes, there is a little bit of difference, but I used to fight as a heavyweight (in the amateurs).
“But yes, it was different.”
Usyk landed jabs and straight lefts to the body of Witherspoon throughout the fight. There were even times where Usyk appeared to let Witherspoon off the hook when he had him trapped in the corner.
“I was waiting for this moment, we had some little difficulties because we have to change opponents,” said Usyk.
“I didn’t show to nobody but I had some bad thoughts float into my head.
“I just prayed a little bit, I asked (the Lord) to help me and it looks like he helped me.”
“I did what my trainer told me to do,” said Usyk,
“I just follow their orders and that was to box.
“And I did box but if I had the opportunity, I would take that opportunity.”
So what next for Usyk, now 17-0, 13 KO’s.
Speaking with Sky Sports after his dominant performance, he said he is “ready” for the Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua winner.
“I am ready to fight them,” Usyk said. “If they are going to [offer] it to me, of course I am going to take it.”
Because of his status as the “super champion” at cruiserweight, Usyk is the mandatory for the WBO heavyweight title.
~ The Fighting Voice ~