How does Oleksandr Usyk’s height, reach and weight compare to the elite heavyweights? | Boxing News

James Dielhenn

Senior Boxing Journalist @JamesDielhenn

Taller than Chisora, longer reach than Ruiz. Heavier than Wilder?

Oleksandr Usyk is now combating taller, greater, heavier males – or is he? His statistics show that he’s already the proper dimension to be a heavyweight danger-man.

Undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk debuts in the high division on Saturday evening, reside on Sky Sports Action at 2am, and will show his new physique at Friday’s weigh-in.

Previously restricted to a 14st 4lbs (200lbs) restrict, Usyk’s first heavyweight weigh-in will inform us a lot about how he’ll method his new objective of turning into simply the third boxer ever to turn out to be world champion in the greatest two divisions.

Anthony Joshua

The long-term goal for Usyk’s assault on the heavyweight division has been Joshua, who goals to regain his world titles from Andy Ruiz Jr on December 7, reside on Sky Sports Box Office.

Like Ruiz Jr, Usyk has a significant top and reach drawback on Joshua. But Usyk does not consider Joshua has bother in opposition to smaller opponents.

“I don’t think that’s the reason [that Joshua lost to Ruiz Jr],” Usyk beforehand informed Sky Sports.

“There is a general problem that takes place. It doesn’t matter whether your opponent is tall or short. It doesn’t matter whether you fight a 2m tall guy, or a 1.80m guy.”

He additionally warned Joshua: “I would love to do the same thing that happened in the ring.”

Andy Ruiz Jr

It is in opposition to opponents like the reigning IBF, WBA and WBO champion that Usyk will seem like a pure heavyweight at first look. He is an inch taller with a major reach benefit.

But Ruiz Jr is amongst the heaviest of the massive males, clocking above 19st earlier than he beat Joshua. That’s in all probability three stone greater than Usyk will probably be. Ruiz Jr’s utilization of his weight permits him to punch arduous, and that is the world that Usyk is now getting into.

Usyk is the obligatory challenger to the WBO belt and expects to battle for it subsequent 12 months.

Deontay Wilder

The WBC champion’s statistics present Usyk with the reverse issues to Ruiz Jr. Wilder is certainly one of the lighter heavyweights, beneath 16st final day trip, and three stone lighter than Tyson Fury once they fought. So Usyk could be a really comparable weight to the reigning heavyweight champion.

But Wilder’s top and lengthy arms are his X-factor – he’s considerably longer than Usyk and would count on to crash his proper hand residence, as he at all times does. Would Usyk have the velocity to take care of that?

Tyson Fury

The greatest of the massive males – the big Fury is the tallest, with the longest reach, and typically the heaviest of his friends. He slimmed down to above 18st final day trip however, in each approach, he’s lots greater than Usyk. Throw in his slippery model, comparable to Usyk’s, and he resembles an even bigger model of the Ukrainian.

Lessons from the previous

Evander Holyfield and David Haye are the solely boxers to be cruiserweight and heavyweight world champions. They each have an identical top and reach with Usyk (6’3″https://www.skysports.com/” and 78″https://www.skysports.com/”).

“I never bulked up to the division, I just did not cut weight,” Haye informed Sky Sports.

Haye weighed-in at 15st 8lbs earlier than turning into heavyweight champion in opposition to Nikolai Valuev, who was seven stone heavier. He was 15st 2lbs then 15st earlier than his fights with Wladimir Klitschko and Derek Chisora respectively, and was two stone lighter than his opponent on each events. For higher or worse, Haye embraced being lighter and faster.

Holyfield, earlier than Haye, weighed-in lower than 15st when he grew to become heavyweight champion in opposition to Buster Douglas in 1990 and was beneath 16st when he beat Mike Tyson. Holyfield then gave up two stones in weight, two inches in top and six inches of reach when he misplaced to Lennox Lewis.

Haye and Holyfield in the end got here up brief in opposition to the very greatest of the massive males, in Klitschko and Lewis respectively.

Can Usyk keep away from the identical destiny?

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