Oleksandr Usykwould be the guy to bring heavyweight boxing into a completely new level, it was asserted at the pre-fight press conference to his Travels introduction.
The former cruiserweight champion will face Chazz Witherspoon on Sunday morning live on Sky Sports Action, before targeting the entire world titles in his first playoff battle.
Out of Anthony Joshua hes the largest star in boxing, promoter Eddie Hearn said, before adding:There is not any barrier of terminology to genius.
The pressure is there on him to win and maintain that compulsory standing. Can he deal with all the huge guys? Could he compete in the heavyweight division?
Usyks director Egis Klimas stated:On Saturday if the bells ring, take note of the very greatest heavyweight in the branch, Oleksandr Usyk. The baddest man on the planet!
His first co-promoter Alex Krassyuk included:We think Usyk is the man to deliver heavyweight boxing into a totally new level.
He is live on Sky Sports Box Office. Usyk hopes to challenge the winner.
But veteran rival Witherspoon, who stepped from the week to replace scheduled opponent Tyrone Spong, explained:I was prepared to step up and take away the battle. I am at a point in my career where it is reasonable to measure up.
This really is a superb opportunity. Opportunity knocks in a while and you need to open the door and sayWho is it?
He is a skilful fighter, a wonderful champion along with all the accolades on earth. I am trying to put on a fantastic performance.
I wont act the idiot but I am the man who will appear to moan. I am not scared. You cant be fearful. Im here, I am ready to fight.
I am the larger guy, Im eager to mix this up and anything could happen.
One time in my life, I left history. I was the only guy to have stoppages from the national Golden Gloves [amateur] championship. Lightning has struck one time, also I am looking for it to strike twice.
Unbeaten Dmitry Bivol will defend his WBA light-heavyweight title against Lenin Castillo.
Jessica McCaskill will defend WBC super-lightweight titles and both the WBA at a rematch this past year against Erica Farias, that she beat in her home city.