The World Boxing Council (WBC) has decided to introduce its new weight class - "Bridgerweight". The naming was inspired by a young man Bridger Walker who saved his four-year-old sister from a wild dog attack during the coronavirus pandemic.
The new division's weight limit is 200-224 pounds. Most of the boxing observers and fans were expecting to see Oleksandr Usyk, who is considered to be a small heavyweight, as a good addition to the division.
Nevertheless, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman stated that Usyk is not interested in doing it, Boxing News 24 reports.
“Usyk is a tremendous fighter, one of the best cruiserweights in history. He has had two fights in heavyweight and I just leave whoever watched the fight with [Derek] Chisora just to reach their conclusions. Of course, Usyk’s mind is in the money that will be generated in a fight with [Anthony] Joshua, as he is the mandatory contender, so it is perfectly understandable that his mind is set to reach that goal," Sulaiman said.
As we reported earlier, Oleksandr Usyk defeated Dereck Chisora via unanimous decision.
The judges saw the fight 117-112, 115-113, and 115-113, awarding Usyk the victory and keeping him in his spot as a mandatory challenger to Anthony Joshua's WBO heavyweight championship.