Oleksander Usyk possesses all of the tools necessary to enter the realm of Andre's oppressive Ward and prevail. Lost in S.O.G's terse November 2016 survival of a then still special Sergey Kovalev, was that there was never anything particularly special about the physical or mental conditioning of “Krusher”. Those very same issues were exacerbated to greater affect by the calculated Ward in their June 2017 rematch, also won via 8th round mugging. Usyk doesn't really do anything “Hi-Tech”, nor does he have a gaudy nickname like Vasyl Lomachenko. However, an uncommon trait the world's best cruiserweight shares with the pound-for-pound champion, is conditioning so superlative that it may in fact even surpass that of Loma, considering his height and weight. A major factor to consider in this match-up.
For the legend who exited the sweet science as the game's best (Andre is now the best on-air analyst in boxing among retired fighters), I think this bout would be too much for Ward to overcome, because all Usyk would do is consider this fight an opportunity to win the Muhammad Ali Trophy as if he'd never won the World Boxing Super Series over Murat Gassiev. Obsessed with perfection, Usyk would get his Picasso, introducing the great Andre Ward to his first defeat since the age of 12 via unanimous decision.