Usyk Vacates WBA Cruiserweight Title

Oleksandr Usyk has planted his future in the heavyweight division, as he has abdicated his WBA cruiserweight championship.

After a historic 2018, Usyk was the first boxer in the “four belt” era to gain the status of undisputed champion, and as of Thursday, he willingly has given that up.

In a personalized letter to the WBA, Usyk confirmed his desire to fight as a heavyweight and with that, vacating his WBA title instead of facing mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev.

Usyk has been rumored for a move to heavyweight ever since his last defense against the now-retired Tony Bellew in late 2018.

With a move to Matchroom Boxing happening prior to the fight, many wondered if the stoppage win over the former cruiserweight champion would mark of Usyk’s short and historic reign as undisputed champion.

Usyk is rumored to be fighting later this Spring on a DAZN card in Chicago for his heavyweight debut.

 

Initial Report: Fight News

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