Elephant in the room. When will Usyk start noticeably declining? He's 35 in 4 months.

Discussion in 'World Boxing Forum' started by FastSmith7, Sep 26, 2021.

  1. shadow111

    shadow111 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 1, 2012
    Yet somehow, despite being in decline and in his mid 30s, according to many on this forum, he's P4P #1. :eyebrow2:
  2. shadow111

    shadow111 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 1, 2012
    It's a great point though Smithy, Usyk is approaching the age that GGG was when his fans decided he was no longer in his prime. You know right before Canelo fought him.
  3. Pimp C

    Pimp C Free The Guys! F 12 & Goofies Stay Dangerous! Full Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    He has atleast 3 good fights left in him which is why he needs to fight fury as soon as possible. He will always beat aj but fury is the fight he needs to take now before he declines
  4. FastSmith7

    FastSmith7 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 16, 2017
    Well, 99% of boxers below 200 start declining after 32. Golovkin was no exception.
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  5. senpai

    senpai Active Member Full Member

    May 18, 2021
    WTF ? It not even 24 hours after his win and people already talking about his decline ?
  6. StiffJeb

    StiffJeb Member banned Full Member

    Sep 18, 2021
    I don't buy into this age fatalism concept. Why would 5 or fewer years 'inevitably' leave him a noticeably declined fighter?

    People 'age' primarily from damage, lack of consistent training, and poor lifestyle: the years themselves have a much smaller impact. Usyk takes very good care of himself on all of these fronts.

    Obviously in 10 years time he's going to look worse, but I'd expect him to retire before he shows any obvious decline. Within 5 years for sure.
  7. ForemanJab

    ForemanJab Boxing Junkie Full Member

    May 8, 2014
    He won’t retire anytime soon. He can make a lot of money over the next few years.
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  8. Jennifer Love Hewitt

    Jennifer Love Hewitt Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 19, 2004
    Father time catches up to everyone.
    I agree Usyk probably only has a few more years left with his style that depends mainly on his speed and stamina.

    Here's the flip side argument. Usyk also has a very high ring IQ. What if he develops his style to suit his declining reflexes. Becomes a spoiler like Bernard Hopkins did as he got older?

    Only time will tell.
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  9. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    Usyk's next purse will be the biggest of his career.
  10. Sean weir

    Sean weir Member Full Member

    Jan 29, 2017
    He’s probably already in decline. I doubt he has much good time left in the sport, he’s already had an amazing career though.

    What I think people will be surprised at his how far Wilder is in decline, I think that is going to show up quite clearly when he gets stopped even earlier this coming fight.
  11. IsaL

    IsaL Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Oct 7, 2006
    Despite being the much better man yesterday, I felt he looked his age against Joshua. To me he looked my a 35 year old, tired fighter relentlessly climbing a steep mountain and conquering it.
  12. FastSmith7

    FastSmith7 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 16, 2017
    Tired? In what sense?

    He definitely wasn't tired, nobody in 200 and above would have been able to keep that pace as Usyk did last night.
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  13. IsaL

    IsaL Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Oct 7, 2006
    Precisely. When I saw how much movement he was using I thought, oh boy, he's going to tire the second half of the fight.

    He was breathing very hard and lost a lot of snap to his punches in the 2nd half, but like I said, he was relentless and dug deep and earned the victory.
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  14. Komaster

    Komaster Just generally giddy Full Member

    Sep 20, 2010
    I really can't see Joyce giving this iteration problems. Fury's size and backfoot game would be the sternest test, and a real 50-50 imo
  15. J Jones

    J Jones Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jul 19, 2017
    I hope Usyk retires sooner than later, well before he's 39-40. Despite his accomplishments, I can't see Usyk remaining unbeaten much longer. If boxing is the theater of the unexpected, I believe Usyk is an undersized technician with limited punching power starring in a cliffhanger.