Oleksandr Usyk fulfilled his destiny on Saturday night as the World and Olympic gold medallist defeated Krzysztof Glowacki via a unanimous decision in Gdansk, Poland.
The 29 year-old Ukrainian looked a class apart from home favourite Glowacki – himself no slouch, having beaten ex-world champions Marco Huck and Steve Cunningham in his last two outings.
In the early rounds, it seemed we may be in for a close encounter as Glowacki gave as good as he got through the first five, but from the sixth onwards it was all about Usyk and his exceptional movement.
For a big man, standing 6ft 3ins and weighing 200 pounds, Usyk possesses amazing footwork and fast hands, which could help him reign in the cruiserweight division for a long time to come.
Picking up the WBO title for his twelve rounds of non-stop work, Usyk joins a hardened set of champions including WBC belt holder Tony Bellew, unified king Denis Lebedev and rejuvenated IBO ruler Huck.
Usyk improved to 10-0 with his latest triumph (119-109, 117-111 twice), although did lose his 100% KO ratio as some of the hardest punches he could muster just seemed to rebound off Glowacki’s solid head.
On the undercard at the Ergo Arena, heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk halted Albert Sosnowski seconds into round five, whilst super-welterweight Patryk Szymanski can count himself lucky to still have an unblemished record after a ten round battle with Jose Antonio Villalobos ended in a split decision.