Usyk Heavyweight Debut Near Sellout

The hype surrounding Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight debut is high, and it’s getting harder to get a ticket to catch it live and in person.

According to a source from Matchroom Boxing, over 6,000 tickets for the event at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois, have been sold, with fewer than 600 remaining.

In the main event, Usyk, the undefeated former undisputed cruiserweight champion, faces fellow unbeaten Tyrone Spong.

After winning a gold medal at heavyweight in the 2012 Olympics, Usyk made his pro debut in 2013 and claimed the WBO cruiserweight title with a win over Krzysztof Glowacki in September 2016. He’d successfully retain the belt against Thabiso Mchunu and Michael Hunter before entering the cruiserweight portion of the 2017-18 World Boxing Super Series.

In the tournament, he retained the WBO title against Marco Huck, defeated Mairis Briedis for the WBC cruiserweight title and defeated Murat Gassiev to become the undisputed champion. He retained the undisputed title against Tony Bellew in his November 2018 retirement bout.

Usyk, who was named 2018 Fighter of the Year, was scheduled to make his heavyweight debut in May against Carlos Takam, but an injury postponed the fight.

Since his debut in March 2015, Spong has stopped all but one of his opponents. He most recently competed on August 31, defeating Jeyson Minda.

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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