Oleksandr Usyk to be ringside for Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora as he plots fight next year
The undisputed champion will be ringside for the blockbuster bout between the British duo tomorrow night as they look to settle their differences once and for all.
And the Ukrainian great, 31, will be keeping a close eye on the encounter as he targets a first fight at 200lbs in 2019.
Usyk brutally knocked out Tony Bellew in his last outing, and promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that he could be offered a fight against Whyte or Chisora.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "Usyk could fight the winner or loser of [Whyte vs Chisora].
"No one really knows how good Usyk truly will be at heavyweight. We know he will be good, but can he mix it with the big boys? That is the fascination.
"Usyk won't mess around. You won't see him fight someone average.
"Carlos Takam is a guy that would make sense – a bit small but powerful and strong."
While Hearn also claimed that Usyk will only stay at cruiserweght should Andre Ward come out of retirement.
He added: "I think that would be the only fight that Usyk would stick around at cruiserweight for.
"[Usyk vs Ward] is pure boxing. It is the absolute art of the sweet science. It would be the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, who is undefeated and retired, against the current best pound-for-pound fighter and the fighter of the year.
"There are so many different narratives – it would be a 50-50 fight, Ward going up to cruiserweight.
"I have [spoken to Usyk about this] and I have put it to Ward. But I think it would take something unreasonable to bring Ward out of retirement.
"I think Usyk will move to heavyweight and box in America in April."
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