World Boxing Information offered Oleksandr Usyk with the WBN Fighter of the Yr 2022 Award because the Ukrainian arrived in London.
The unified heavyweight champion is on the town to witness the Tyson Fury vs Derek Chisora trilogy from ringside.
Flying in on Friday, Usyk posed with the newly outsized trophy after taking up from final 12 months’s winner Canelo Alvarez.
Usyk claimed the trophy after retaining his WBO, IBF, and WBA crowns towards Anthony Joshua in a Saudi Arabia rematch.
The circumstances surrounding Usyk having to combat meant that there was no different award taker than the Ukrainian famous person.
Oleksandr Usyk – Fighter of the Yr
Having to take care of a disaster in his nation on an unprecedented scale, Usyk led the combat alongside the Ukrainian military as Russia attacked from the start of the 12 months.
Standing agency along with his fellow compatriots, together with prime division rulers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, Usyk left his homeland in Ukraine to coach for a contracted return with Joshua.
In a improbable efficiency, Usyk defeated Joshua on the Jeddah Superdome in dominant vogue for the second time final August.
He was the epitome of professionalism all through the occasion. That’s even when going through disrespect from his opponent on the finish of the bout.
Beating off competitors from Dmitry Bivol, Devin Haney, Naoya Inoue, and Shakur Stevenson, Usyk is a really worthy winner.
If Fury beats Chisora as anticipated on Saturday night time, Usyk will problem the WBC titleholder to combat within the first quarter of 2023.
Center Japanese buyers are eager to stage the battle. Fury vs Usyk will see the winner topped the primary undisputed heavyweight ruler since Lennox Lewis.
Fury would start the favourite. However as Usyk proved towards Anthony Joshua, an distinctive smaller fighter can beat and extra highly effective larger fighter.
It may very well be a Struggle of the Yr contender for subsequent 12 months. That’s if Fury agrees to tackle the combat towards seeing a conflict of his personal towards AJ disintegrate.
Talks will get underway instantly after the ultimate bell, with a lot to debate relating to the IBF scenario.
“The Gypsy King” doesn’t need to pay the sanctioning charges after being stripped by the IBF throughout his earlier title reign.
This implies solely Usyk will have the ability to change into undisputed on the night time. If Fury holds any ambition of holding all of the belts as 200 plus, he could should swallow his prime to take action.
For now, Usyk just isn’t solely the Pound for Pound king but in addition the World Boxing Information Fighter of the Yr for 2022.
Congratulations Usyk. He’s very really feel.
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