Usyk Signs With Matchroom
As negotiations continue for a possible fight with Tony Bellew, undisputed cruiserweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk has signed with Bellew’s promoters Matchroom Boxing.
Usyk will be co-promoted by Matchroom and his prior management at K2 Promotions, making enough running room to complete a deal between both fighters.
“A fight with Tony Bellew would be a momentous occasion,” Usyk said in a press release. “He is a good boxer and a good person, and I also have the option to move into the heavyweight division. Thankfully, England is more than just a country for me. In this country, I got what I was reaching for half of my life. I got my Olympic gold medal [in London in 2012] and in Liverpool I became European champion in 2008. England is a lucky country for me and fortune comes only with hard work.”
Announced by Matchroom Boxing CEO Eddie Hearn on Friday, the deal will bring Usyk’s fights to DAZN in the United States, and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.
“I’m delighted to be working with Oleksandr Usyk and K2 in bringing a pound-for-pound star to the Matchroom team,” Hearn said.
“Usyk holds all the cards at cruiserweight and already is eyeing a move to heavyweight, a fight with Anthony Joshua. Right now, our priority is to try and finalize a super fight with Tony Bellew later this year. But either way, we will announce his next fight in the very near future.”
Report: Boxing Scene