On October 12th, Oleksandr Usyk finally walks into the ring as a heavyweight, following his historic run as the first undisputed cruiserweight champion of the modern era.
After defeating Murat Gassiev and Tony Bellew to become and retain the undisputed cruiserweight crown, Usyk made the move to sign with Matchroom Boxing and set his sights on heavyweight glory.
“There have been no problems in order to move to the Heavyweight division,” said Usyk who makes his debut against Tyrone Sprong in Chicago.
“At least to me there have been no problems. I simply moved to the Heavyweight division, and that was it. Virtually nothing has changed in my training, we’ve simply started doing even more work. Different, and hard work, which is practicing with big guys who pose a great threat.
“We’re working hard, smiling, going crazy during the training camp, and doing our job. Everyone who is in my camp does their job 100 percent meaning that they give everything so that I feel comfortable. Everything is as comfortable as possible; the food, rehab, resting, massage, training. My team is looking after all of it and we are working hard together.
“Before the Olympics, and even before the World Championships, when I was boxing at 91 kilos, we were experimentally boxing in the Heavyweight class specifically so that it would be more dangerous,” Usyk said in a press release. “I weighed in at a competition, for example, not 91 kilos but 91.5, and was boxing against the guys weighing 100-102-105, which was our objective. And it was not only I who was boxing one class up, Vasiliy Lomachenko was, Oleksandr Gvozdyk and all of those who were part of that golden Ukrainian team.
“I’m really looking forward to boxing on October 12. I very much missed the boxing. I love boxing, and really there is a lot of talk about it, but I’m not paying attention to it. My objective is to do my job in the gym in order to show all the enthusiasts and fans great boxing in the ring.”