Usyk Announces Heavyweight Debut… Not Opponent

Matchroom Boxing was happy to announce Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight debut on Thursday, who his opponent is… Well, that’s another story.

It’s another story because there is no opponent, yet.

The card between Usyk and a yet to be named opponent will take place in Chicago on October 12th from the WinTrust Arena.

Usyk, who walked into 2019 as the undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world, fresh off of retiring Tony Bellew, made it clear that it was time to move to heavyweight by signing a co-promotion agreement with Matchroom Boxing.

The Ukrainian fighter was initially set to fight Carlos Takam in May of this year but suffered an injury in training camp.

As reported in the past few weeks, attempts to remake the fight with Takam have been scuttled due to the fighters signing with Joe DeGuardia, who had other plans for the former world title challenger.

Hearn had set up Usyk to fight Russian heavyweight Andrey Fedosov. which was dashed when Usyk didn’t feel comfortable fighting a Russian due to current political tensions between the country and his native Ukraine.


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