By Robert Addams: will be making his heavyweight debut next Saturday on against Tyrone Spong wants to prepare the former unified cruiserweight champion to possibly face the winner of the December 7th rematch between and Andy Ruiz Jr.

Usyk, 32, had planned on facing former world title challenger Carlos Takam (36-5-1, 28 KOs) for his heavyweight debut on May 25. But during training for the fight, Usyk suffered a bicep injury last May, and to pull out of the fight. They then rescheduled for September on , but then was cancelled too.

poised to get heavyweight world title shot

Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) is the mandatory at heavyweight despite never having fought in the weight class. The WBO allows for the Super Champion at cruiserweight to move up and become the immediate mandatory.

Tony Bellew last year in October suggests that he may not have the punching power to compete against the bigger heavyweights.

Usyk has to beat Spong to face Joshua-Ruiz rematch winner

Spong lacks experience in

vs. Lenin Castillo co-feature

In the co-feature bout on the Usyk-Spong card next Saturday, light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (16-0, 11 KOs) defends against Lenin Castillo (20-2-1, 15 KOs). This is a difficult fight to understand, as Bivol is capable of beating much better than this.

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