Oleksandr Usyk Profile
Oleksandr Usyk is a professional boxer competing in the Heavyweight division and is one of the hot topics of the sport. Also known as ‘The Cat,’ he picked up gold medals at both the 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympic Games in London – both of which were as a Heavyweight.
After turning professional in 2013, Usyk fought in the Cruiserweight category and won his first belt after just six fights, picking up the WBO Intercontinental title. Two years later, he became a world champion after beating the undefeated Krzysztof Glowacki via unanimous decision in Gdansk, Poland.
Usyk went on to unify the division by beating both Murat Gassiev and Mairis Briedis in 2018. But it wasn’t until his spectacular knockout against Tony Bellew during that year until he became a talking point for boxing. Since then, the Ukrainian has moved back up to Heavyweight and remains undefeated in his professional career.
Away from boxing, Usyk grew up in Simferopol – a town once occupied by the Soviet Union before inherited by Ukraine following its demise. He has three children and lives in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv.
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18-0-0; 13 KOs
Oleksandr Usyk vs Dereck Chisora
Win via unanimous decision – Wembley Arena, Wembley, 31st October 2020
Oleksandr Usyk vs Chazz Witherspoon
Win by retirement – Wintrust Arena, Chicago, 12th October 2019
Oleksandr Usyk vs Tony Bellew
Win by KO/TKO – Manchester Arena, Manchester, 11th November 2018
Oleksandr Usyk vs Muray Gassiev
Win via unanimous decision – Olimpiyskiy, Moscow, 21st November 2018
Oleksandr Usyk vs Mairis Briedis
Win via majority decision – Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia, 27th January 2018
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