Ukrainian legend Oleksandr Usyk turns 35 in a couple days. Wishing him well. Interesting as this is the toughest birthday for any pro fighter to swallow. Because the 35th one is the birthday that all but, certainly signals the end of a fighters prime. The only exception seems to be heavyweights who rely on size and power. Got me thinking that Usyk schooled AJ in September. Joshua took a few rounds off of Usyk during the middle of the fight when Usyk needed to refuel the tank because he set a blistering early pace. AJ is lucky that this was an older Usyk. The younger Usyk would have plowed right on through those mid rounds at the same pace and probably forced a stoppage or shutout. See the Gassiev fight. Only Murats cast iron chin saved him from stoppage. Usyk is a speed, reflex fighter and those types of guys arent known for longevity. From my vantage point he hasnt looked as sharp post Gassiev fight. I noticed as far back as Bellew that the gas tank and the speed wasnt the same. But the ring IQ and technique is so sharp that hes compensating for the depleted tank and movement. The rest of the HW division should consider themselves lucky. Because if this was a 30 year old Usyk then god help them all. As it stands now Usyk has become arguably the most successful and accomplished fighter of his era. What more can you say about this guy. A magnificent fighter and one of the best to EVER lace 'em up!