Tony Bellew, the former world cruiserweight champ from Britain, is putting Oleksandr Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs) at the top of the all-time greats in the division:
"This fella's the cream of the cruiserweight crop, the best there's ever been. Name any heavyweight legend, and they haven't got a patch on Oleksandr Usyk. No chance.
Even a wizard like Evander Holyfield would be chasing shadows trying to pin him down," Bellew asserted.
Back in 2018, Bellew found himself on the receiving end of Usyk's prowess, with the Ukrainian handing him a knockout in the eighth round. This bout marked Bellew's swan song in the ring. Usyk stepped up to heavyweight, now just a WBC belt shy of undisputed status.
Holyfield, renowned for clinching the absolute champion title twice in an era dominated by three major titles, conquered both cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, setting a high bar that Usyk aims to surpass.