Usyk Finally Has Opponent For Heavy Debut
After his heavyweight debut was postponed due to injury, and nearly postponed again due to negotiation issues with two potential opponents, Oleksandr Usyk has an opponent for October 12th in Chicago.
The former undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world will face off with Tyron Spong this fall inside the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, with Usyk looking to prove his worth as the mandatory for the WBO world heavyweight championship.
Spong ranked fourth by the WBO, will put his undefeated record on the line, as the 14-0 fighter was last seen in the ring scoring his 13th knockout win this past weekend on a card in Mexico after going the distance against Ytalo Perea in December.
“I am very excited to make my Heavyweight debut in Chicago on October 12, live on DAZN,” said Usyk. “Spong is a fast and powerful Heavyweight who has had much success in the ring. I must come through this test to challenge for the World Heavyweight title I look forward to seeing everyone there.”
“After achieving most of my goals as a kickboxer and becoming one of the most decorated champions in the history of the sport, I wanted to test myself in the difficult and challenging sport of boxing. I have worked tirelessly during the last three years and now have the opportunity to prove my worth as a boxer against perhaps the best pound for pound, and most technically sound boxer in the World. Some may think the challenge may be too difficult, but I believe in myself, and look forward to being victorious on October 12.”
“Usyk’s Heavyweight debut is one of the most hotly anticipated boxing moments of 2019 and personally, I can’t wait to see it,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Oleksandr is a phenomenon who dominated the Cruiserweight division becoming undisputed after just 15 fights. Now, as he prepares to challenge for the World Heavyweight title, he must first overcome Tyrone Spong in Chicago. Spong will be explosive and dangerous and we expect an electric heavyweight battle at the Wintrust Arena, live on DAZN.”