Published: Wed, October 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Usyk stops Witherspoon to win heavyweight debut

Usyk stops Witherspoon to win heavyweight debut

"I was waiting for this moment", Usyk said. I didn't show it to anybody, but I had some bad thoughts float into my head.

"I just think [Joshua and Fury] are too big for him".

'If he used to be to fight Andy Ruiz day after nowadays, then I own he'd preserve that fight by correct being himself and doing what he does easiest.

Usyk was continuing to turn the screw in the sixth round with Witherspoon looking more and more exhausted as the fight went on, there was much of the same in the seventh round.

In a dominant display, Usyk forced Witherspoon to retire on his stool after the end of the seventh round. "He's not going to let that slip, he's not going to pass on it". It's unclear whether he would get a title shot that soon, especially with a potential victory over a fighter like Witherspoon, who will step in on short notice.

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When speaking last week, Eddie Hearn had this to say about both his fighters: "Joshua was excited when we signed Usyk, he was excited to see him in the heavyweight division". We had a plan and the plan was to box and I did box.

According to CompuBox statistics, Usyk landed 139 of 347 punches (40%) and Witherspoon was limited to connecting on just 21 of 208 blows (10%).

His aim is to become the undisputed champion at heavyweight as he did previous year at cruiserweight, when he became the first fighter in division history to unify all four belts in the four-belt era with a one-sided unanimous decision against Murat Gassiev in the final of the World Boxing Super Series in July 2018.

Undisputed world cruiserweight champion Usyk in November 2019 knocked out Briton Tony Bellew and defended all his titles, but remained without the championship belts because of the transition to heavyweight. In the first world title fight, Jessica McCaskill retained her WBA and WBC junior welterweight titles against Erica Farias by majority decision in a rematch of their 2018 fight that also took place in Chicago. "Since I became a world champion over two years ago I've wanted the toughest challenges and the biggest fights, either world title unification fights or any of the top names".

Usyk will now look to set his sights towards a heavyweight title in 2020.

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