Oleksandr Usyk: Possible dates revealed for imminent heavyweight debut

Oleksandr Usyk


Word is Oleksandr Usyk has got bigger fish to fry. K2 Promotions Ukraine and Matchroom Boxing met in New York. They successfully negotiated the star-spangled path of the undisputed cruiserweight champion.

It’s likely that Usyk’s (16-0, 12 KOs) next fight will be in May. The goal is to face a big name of the heavyweights in the United States.

Alexander Krassyuk, general director of the Ukrainian section of K2 Promotions, commented During an interview:

“The main theme of our meeting was the return of Oleksandr Usyk. This is a subject that the world wants to learn about. We are in the process of making a decision.

“We have determined that it is most likely that his return match will be as heavyweight on May 18 or 25.

“Usyk wants to face the best right away and conquer the division.

The Ukrainian megastar had a thrilling and brilliant year. Eventually winning the World Boxing Council Fighter of the Year Award.

Last July, he became the first fighter to lift the Muhammad Ali Trophy. Usyk won the prestigious World Boxing Super Series tournament, unifying the cruiserweight division.

The unbeaten champion finished the year in November. Travelling to London to defeat former champion Tony Bellew.


Usyk is being linked to a possible fight with Anthony Joshua further down the line.

For now, he needs the correct challenges to be presented in order to work his way to facing the best.

The likes of Alexander Povetkin, Michael Hunter, Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora would be seen as good solid building blocks.

Joshua, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder pose a huge test for Usyk. As a result, the star will have to grow into the division quickly.

Manuel Charr would be another consideration as a world title shot is planned by 2020.

Furthermore, if he performances at 200 pounds are anything to go by, Usyk will be a formidable force in the higher weight class.