Usyk Heavyweight Debut Aimed for August
Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight debut will have to wait for another time after an injury, and it looks like that may be August, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
Usyk was scheduled to face Carlos Takam in his first bout at his new weight class on May 25, headlining a DAZN card from the MGM National Harbor in Maryland. But a bicep injury suffered during training has forced the cancelation of the bout.
According to Hearn, Usyk will not need surgery but won’t be able to partake in boxing activities for the next five weeks. The former undisputed cruiserweight champion and World Boxing Super Series winner’s heavyweight debut may now take place in August.
“I don’t know how it happened or why it happened,” Hearn told IFL TV. “Obviously he’s moving up and he’s doing a lot more heavy duty stuff now. He’s sparring guys that are much bigger and heavier. I don’t know whether it was lifting or sparring [when he injured himself]…probably heavy duty sparring with big guys. It’s a real shame because I was looking forward to that.”
Usyk vacated the WBA cruiserweight title in late March to prepare for the move up in weight. Hearn has previously mentioned Usyk as a possible opponent for unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua down the line, with the WBO possibly naming him a mandatory challenger later this year.
Original Story: Boxing Scene