Oleksandr Usyk hits back at Deontay Wilder after mocking heavyweight ambitions

Oleksandr Usyk has claimed he is already in Deontay Wilder's head after the boxer mocked his ambitions of stepping up to the heavyweight division.

The Ukrainian has dominated the cruiserweight division after 16 wins but has not fought since his victory over Tony Bellew last year.

Bellew simply could not withstand the ferocity of the 32-year-old at the MEN Arena last November and is the first undisputed champions from Ukraine.

However, he has vacated his cruiserweight titles after making the step up to heavyweight and fans are eagerly awaiting his debut.

After his opponent Tyrone Spong tested positive for the banned substance clomiphene, Chazz Witherspoon was drafted in with the bout set to take part tonight.

However, Wilder has claimed that the Simferopol-born star is too short for this weight division.

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Usyk is four inches shorter than the Bronze Bomber, who said: "He’s not a threat to me.

"He’s too small for me. He does a lot of movement but that doesn’t faze me.

Responding to Wilder’s shots, Usyk said: "I really don’t care what he’s saying.

"Actually, I like that he’s talking about me because it means I’m already into his head.

"He’s a champion and knows what it takes. I like that he’s thinking about me."

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Meanwhile, Bellew believes Wilder would be the perfect opponent for Usyk.

Asked which heavyweight the Ukrainian would stand a chance of beating, the 36-year-old said: "Wilder, and that’s an easy answer.

"Don’t get me wrong, if Wilder lands on him then it’s not going to end well for Usyk, but you can say that about any heavyweight who Wilder lands on."

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