Ukranian claimed a points victory on Saturday night over Derek Chisora
This content is brought to you by The Protein Works, number one for sports supplements and protein powders, whether you're looking to bulk or lean. Visit www.theproteinworks.com today!
Anthony Joshua is one possible contender for the winner’s next opponent, and he’s not one to be sniffed at. Joshua was ranked the ‘world’s second-best active heavyweight’ by not only ‘The Ring’ magazine, but the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. He’s got an impressive track record under his belt and a reputation that has held true up until now. Sky Sports expert, Carl Froch, has spoken positively about Joshua’s potential as a worthy opponent – especially for the fight winner Usyk. He told Sky Sports: “I really do think that AJ has got nothing to worry about in Usyk. I need to see how well Usyk performs against Chisora, before I can even mention him in the same breath as AJ.” - wonder what he has to say now.
Although Chisora has already faced ‘The Gypsy King’ in the ring more than once, another go could be on the cards as he claims has been promised, though now Usyk has the scalp of Chisora that could change the landscape in his favour. Tyson Fury could be a worthy opponent for either fighter, ranked as ESPN’s 2020 ‘world’s best active heavyweight’ and winning all of his professional fights (apart from that one controversial draw), he’s never likely to be an easy fight.
Deontay Wilder is another that could take on Usyk or Chisora after Saturday’s fight. The Bronze Bomber is known for packing a terrifying punch and either fighter could make an attractive target. His recent social media silence had some fans worried, but he returned to Twitter on Wednesday to express his excitement for the upcoming Davis v Santa Cruz brawl. The bizarre outbursts aimed at Tyson Fury and members of his own team, coach Mark Breland who's since been relieved of duties.
With a varied and illustrated fighting career backing him up, Dillian Whyte is another that could make an interesting rival for either Usyk or Chisora. He may be slightly lower on the rankings than some of these other heavyweight kings, but ‘The Body Snatcher’ should not be underestimated and has already bested Chisora two times over. There’s a possibility he could go for a third try should Chisora, but after Usyk's win, he could have a new rival to try his luck with.
Last on the list, but certainly not the least, comes Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin. The 41-year-old shocked fans earlier this year when he landed a KO defeat against Dillian Whyte, showing that he could be a worthy opponent for either Usyk or Chisora. As an amateur boxer, Povetkin was decked out in all kinds of gold medals and his pro-career has been equally as decorated. As of this month, he’s ranked one above Whyte as The Ring magazines fourth ‘world’s best active heavyweight’ and doesn’t seem to be stopping there.
Other contenders like Joseph Parker, Andy Ruiz and Filip Hrgovic will have all had an eye on the fight on Saturday night, and will all believe they have the beating of the Ukranian if they were called upon.