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September 12, 2017

By G. Leon

One on One With Russ Anber

GL: Congrats on Usyk's victory over the weekend. Can you give us some thoughts on his performance? I think it was magnificent. It was a great night and Huck tried to be, and I'm not just referring to the fight but his conduct before the fight as well, Huck tried to be the bully. He tried to bring that gangster, tough guy attitude into the ring. He's a dirty fighter and we knew that going in. He got aggressive at the last press conference where he pushed Usyk during the face off. Usyk has a lot of class, he is well raised and he knows how to conduct himself. Huck thought thuggery was going to rule the day and then watching him beat on Huck round after round, having no answer Huck tried to hit Usyk while he was on the ground after slipping. He proved just what kind of fighter he is and it proves that when you have skills, talent and class it will overcome the thuggery and I was very happy with the way that he performed.

GL: Were you surprised that it was such a one sided fight?

Russ Anber: "We knew that this was a guy who was a two time world champion and we expected it to be a tough fight and we were ready for that, but the fact that it wasn't is even better. You savor that kind of victory that much more I think."

GL: Usyk surprised a lot of people when he chose Huck to be his opponent. On paper he wasn't the easiest guy on the table and he still chose him.

RA: "I don't know if there's any easy guys in that tournament. I think the cruiserweight division is talent laden. I think there's nothing but tough fight, but in taking on the toughest guy off the bat Usyk showed how serious he is. I think he also showed how good he is as well."

GL: Who do you think he's going to fight next?

RA: "It's a tough fight between Briedis and Perez. I think I might be tipping Briedis a little bit, but it's a tough fight. I think everything else from here on in is going to be tough for Usyk, but we're going to prepare him accordingly. These guys are all going to give him a go, but they're going to have to be ready to keep a fast pace. I think you have to go all the way back to Evander Holyfield to find a cruiserweight with Usyk's punch output round after round."

GL: He was able to finish Huck off shortly after hurting him, what did you think about how he closed the show?

RA: "You could almost see it coming. Round after round the pressure kept coming and Huck had no answer for it, he kept back peddling and I'm sure he must have felt he was in a blender or something. Everywhere he turned he was hit with a barrage of punches. Every time he tried to take a step back or slow down the pace, the punches kept coming at him. Usyk never gave him a chance to get set and we saw him break him down. Huck had no answer for that kind of output and when he did throw punches his land rate was virtually nil."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

RA: "In my forty years in the business it's one of the greatest pleasures I've ever had to work with somebody like Usyk. Not just from a boxing perspective, but from a personal perspective as well. And that goes for Lomachenko as well. The class they conduct themselves with, boxing needs more guys like them."

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