Political Tensions Leave Usyk Opponentless

Oleksandr Usyk is set to debut on October 12th in Chicago, Illinois. Who it will be standing across the ring from is still anyone’s guess.

Usyk, who relinquished his historical status of the first undisputed cruiserweight champion of the four-belt era, was initially set to face Carlos Takam back in May but was halted due to Usyk suffering a torn bicep.

Takam then ended up signing with promoter Joe DeGuardia, who has a different plan for his fighter than greeting Usyk to the heavyweight division.

Recently, Usyk’s co-promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, signed a deal with Banner Promotions for the Ukrainian former champion to face Russian Andrey Fedosov.

That was a problem for the former Olympic gold medalist.

According to ESPN, Usyk rejected the fight due to major tensions between Ukraine and Russia, over the latter’s occupation of Crimea, and political fallout going back to 2014.


Report: ESPN

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