WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO Champion Oleksandr Usyk speaks up!

Through Ken Hissner: If you look at the amateur record of current WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion southpaw Oleksandr Usyk, he was 335-15, of which www.boxrec.com shows 95-15 of those he some outstanding opponents met his represented country Ukraine.

Usyk at the 2012 Olympic gold medalist heavyweight in London, UK, reversed a loss in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China to eventual silver medalist Clemente Russo of Italy, defeating him 14-11. Russo had defeated future WBC Heavy champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder at the 2008 Olympics, though he lost to future 2-division world champion Andre “SOG” Ward at the 2004 Olympics.

Usyk defeated future WBC Super Middleweight and WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Badou “The Ripper” Jack of Sweden at the 2006 European Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, only to lose to Russian Matt Korobov in the semifinals. Later that year, at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, he again lost to Korobov.

In March 2013, in London’s World Series of Boxing, Usyk defeated Britain’s Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce, now 13-0 (12), as a pro. As part of that streak, he defeated New Zealand’s Junior Fa, now 19-1 (10), in Kyiv, Ukraine in January. At those London Olympics, he defeated the current WBC and IBF light heavyweight champion of the world, Russia’s Artur Beterbiev, now 17-0 (17), to whom he lost in a previous bout in 2007. In 2006, he lost future IBF and WBC Welterweight Champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter in a fight between the USA and Ukraine.

Usyk turned pro in 2013, winning his first minor title in his fifth fight against South African Daniel “Billy the Kid” Bruwer 24-5-1 for the WBO Inter-Continental title in Ukraine. In his tenth fight, he won the WBO cruiserweight world title, defeating Poland’s Krzysztof “Glowka” Glowacki 26-0 in Poland.

Usyk defended his titles four times, stopping Thabiso Mchunu, 17-2, defeating Michael “The Bounty” Hunter, 12-0, and stopping Marco “Kapt’n” Huck, 40-4-1. In his fifth defense in a reunion match, he defeated WBC Latvian champion Mairis Briedis 23-0 in Latvia.
Next, Usyk defeated IBF and WBA champion of Russia Murat “Iron” Gassiev, 26-0, in Russia to become the unified cruiserweight champion of the world. In his next fight, he stopped Briton Tony “The Bomber” Bellew, 30-2-1, in Britain.

Next, in Chicago, Illinois, Usyk defeated Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon 38-3 in his first heavyweight fight.

Back in the UK, he defeated Dereck “War” Chisora ​​32-9 for the WBO Inter-Continental title. He moved up to heavyweight in his next and final fight in September 2021, defeating Anthony “AJ” Joshua 24-1 for the WBO, WBA and IBF world titles.

While waiting for a rematch with Joshua, Russia attacked Ukraine. He has been allowed to leave the country, but it has not yet been decided what he will do from this moment on.

“I don’t want to shoot, I don’t want to kill anyone, but if they kill me, I have no choice. It may sound sentimental, but my soul belongs to the Lord and my body belongs to my country, my family. So there is no fear, absolutely no fear. There is only confusion; how could that be in the 21st century?”

Usyk, 35, is 19-0 with 13 stoppages and if he defeats Joshua in their rematch he would look forward to clinching the heavyweight title as he did with WBC titlist Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury from Britain cruiserweight has done 31-0-1 with 22 stops. In April, Fury successfully defended his title against Briton Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte, 28-2, with 19 stoppages that would go for unification of the heavyweight title.

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