By Tim Royner: Cruiserweight Winner Oleksander Usyk vacated his World Boxing Association title on Wednesday after the WBA ordered him to defend it against ‘Champion at Recess’ Denis Lebedev (32-2, 23 KOs). WBA is forecast to produce former champion Lebedev, 3-9, their whole champion once more.
Hearn is looking to put Usyk in with former world title challenger Carlos Takam, who has lost out 2 of his last 3 fights in defeats against Dereck Chisora and Anthony Joshua.
It’s a major step up in class for Okolie, that hits hard, but he’s all arms and thighs, and it somewhat uncoordinated. It may be a bad thought for Okolie to carry such a major step up. Lebedev gets up there in age, but he can sill punch, and includes lots of talent.
“” I don’t understand who’so definitely going to overcome him,” Hearn said about Okolie into IFL TV. “” I don’t think anyone can conquer him. So now we look at the branch with Lebedev. Do you bet for a domain name? The struggle response is not any, because you have a very talented young fighter, however he can be at Lebedev. In my opinion, he’s the favorite in this struggle. When you don’t take these chances when the champ is not there for the shooting. Recently when he’s ready to get the WBA title, why not a new Eastern European Russian Uzbek beast that you are able to ’t be at or will be more difficult to overcome [will be winner ]. So it’s definitely going to be a difficult choice. My advice to Lawrence is to probably take it,” Hearn explained.
There’s now no one young that could contribute Okolie too many problems from the WBA’s top 15. Some man that could give Okolie a ton of problems in case no 1 WBA Yunier Dorticos. This is really a hard struggle for Okolie when he were to take on the hardhitting Cuban fighter right now. Dorticos can really punch, and when he lands an attempt on the hands of Okolie, he’ll likely put him .
“With regards to his evolution, I feel like time is all about, and I feel that this will be the right struggle because of him personally,” Hearn explained. “I could ’t see lots of domestic battles which are all exciting. There’s a debate there which the Lebedev struggle may be just as straightforward. It’s about risk-reward. We’ll sit together with him plan on the long run weekly. You’ve got [Mairis] Briedis. You’ve obtained Krszysztof Wlodarczyk. You’ve obtained Andrew Tabiti fighting Dorticos. Theyrsquo;r e great fighters. Lebedev is really a very good champion. He’s just getting old. I just believe the time may be ideal to carry his belt,” Hearn explained.
Hearn will possess Okolie walk the plank in facing Lebedev without any experience against top notch opposition. That’s a crazy move on Hearn’s most part if he cries Okolie in with Lebedev, but he’s many different fighters into his own Matchroom stable in present. It probably won’t hurt just as much as it would a more compact promoter to possess among their top prospects defeated with a much experienced fighter. Everything Okolie needs is to begin fighting the fringe contenders in cruiserweight, then work up there until heor even rsquo;s prepared to take on one of the winners.