USYK – KOVALEV’s SPARRING PARTNER

Photo Credit – Usyk’s Instagram

In preparation for the biggest fight of the year involving Sergey Kovalev v Andre Ward for WBA, WBO & IBF Light Heavyweight Titles, Sergey Kovalev has bought in WBO Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk as a sparring partner. In my eyes, Usyk is the best Cruiserweight on the planet, and bringing in someone of his size and ability is extremely good preparation for his fight. This is shaping out to be exactly as we expected, a 50/50 mega fight. Usyk is a taller, bigger and stronger man that Ward, allowing Kovalev to try and adapt to a bigger opponent. Usyk is also a tricky southpaw giving Kovalev a good insight into training for a fighter with good movement and ability that will be switching from southpaw to orthodox. 

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