Usyk was born in Simferopol, Crimean Oblast, Ukrainian SSR. Right until age 15, he performed Affiliation soccer and was skilled for the SC Tavriya Simferopol specialized athletics faculty of Olympic reserve (club's soccer academy). In 2002 Usyk switched to boxing. He's a graduate of Lviv Condition University of Bodily Tradition.
With the 2006 European Championships he gained his to start with three matches in opposition to little-acknowledged opponents, while in the semi-ultimate he dropped to Russian Matvey Korobov.
He then moved as much as light-weight-heavyweight later on and received the Strandja Cup in 2008.
In February 2008, he moved up Yet another weightclass and was despatched to your Olympic qualifier in Roseto degli Abruzzi replacing European Winner Denys Poyatsyka. There he defeated planet class Azeri Elchin Alizade and Daniel Selling price.[three]
On the 2008 Olympic Game titles, Usyk outpointed Yushan Nijiati by 23–four, but misplaced to Clemente Russo by four–seven from the quaterfinal.
He dropped all the way down to light-weight-heavyweight and received gold on the 2008 European Championships, but later moved back approximately heavyweight. Within the 2011 Entire world Beginner Boxing Championships he conquer Artur Beterbiev and Teymur Mammadov to win the heavyweight title and qualify with the 2012 Summer Olympics.
For the 2012 Olympic Online games in London, Usyk gained the gold medal, beating Artur Beterbiev, Tervel Pulev and Italy's Clemente Russo, outscoring him by six–3 in the ultimate.
Usyk left newbie boxing which has a report of 335−fifteen.[five]
Usyk turned Professional in late 2013 within the age of 26 and signed a marketing manage the Klitschko brothers' K2 Promotions, battling inside the Cruiserweight division.[six]
On 9 November 2013 Usyk built his professional debut by defeating Mexican fighter Felipe Romero via a fifth-spherical knockout. The subsequent thirty day period he stopped 38 yr aged Epifanio Mendoza in 4 rounds. In his 3rd Specialist fight on April 2014, Usyk produced his debut in Germany about the undercard of Klitschko-Leapai with the Koenig Pilsener Arena defeating Ben Nsafoah via 3rd-round knockout. A month afterwards, Usyk returned house and knocked out Cesar David Crenz in round four, obtaining knocked him down in spherical three as well.
Rise up the ranks
Usyk won his initial title on 4 Oct 2014 right after beating South African boxer Daniel Bruwer by using round seven specialized knockout for that Interim WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight title.[eight] Usyk defended the title two months later on halting 35 calendar year outdated Danie Venter in round 9. Usyk was forward on all three judges' scorecards at enough time of stoppage.
Usyk produced Yet another defence in April 2015 towards previous Russian cruiserweight champion Andrey Knyazev (eleven-one, 6 KOs) in Kiev. Right after 7 1-sided rounds, referee Mickey Vann ultimately stopped the battle in spherical 8 after choosing Knyazev experienced taken ample beating. This acquire stored Usyk on target to your WBO title battle from then winner Marco Huck.
In August 2015, Usyk defeated previous South African light-weight heavyweight champion Johnny Muller by way of 3rd-spherical technological knockout within the Activity Palace in Kiev, which saw Usyk control the fight having a jab. Usyk knocked down Muller two times in round three and Whilst Muller protested, referee waved the combat off with one second in the round remaining.[eleven]
Usyk manufactured a fourth and closing protection towards unidentified Cuban boxer Pedro Rodriguez in a very scheduled twelve round battle on 12 December within the Sport Palace. Usyk won the battle scoring his ninth straight knockout in as a lot of fights, 1st dropping Rodriguez in spherical 6 having an uppercut prior to the struggle was stopped in round 7, remaining knocked down all over again, Whilst he defeat the rely. This earn set Usyk at WBO's No 1 posture, by using a Earth title struggle on the playing cards for 2016.[twelve]
WBO cruiserweight champion
Usyk vs. Głowacki
In June 2016, it was declared that Usyk would problem undefeated Polish boxer Krzysztof Głowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) for his WBO cruiserweight champion on 17 September within the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.[fourteen][fifteen] It had been claimed that Usyk's trainer James Ali Bashir needed to recruit former environment champion Antonio Tarver being a sparring spouse. It was reported that Tarver not just requested an excessive amount funds, but he also desired to seem on the card being a co-showcased major event.[sixteen] Głowacki weighed 199.3 lbs ., which Usyk coming in marginally lighter at 198.75 lbs.[seventeen] The struggle was shown survive Sky Sporting activities in the UK. On the night, Usyk outpointed Głowacki after an thrilling twelve round battle with the judges scoring it 119–109, 117–111, and 117–111 all in Usyk's favour. The decision get also finished Usyk's operate of getting gained his opening 9 fights by means of stoppage. Usyk dominated the battle that has a jab, inevitably injuring Głowacki's eye early during the battle main it to eventually bleed. The Reduce ongoing to bleed for the rest of The competition. Usyk also made use of his dominant hand pace and footwork which helped him score the choice get.[twenty]
Usyk vs. Mchunu
Usyk announced he could be producing his American debut around the Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr. card on seventeen December 2016. The combat would take place within the Forum in Inglewood, California. On eleven November K2 Promotions declared Usyk could well be defending his WBO title towards 28 12 months outdated South African boxer Thabiso Mchunu (17-two, eleven KOs). Mchunu Beforehand lost to Ilunga Makabu by means of 11th round stoppage, Whilst becoming ahead within the scorecards at enough time. Usyk broke down Mchunu sooner or later stopping him during the 9th round. Before the stoppage, Usyk also knocked Mchunu down inside the sixth round. In round 9, Usyk knocked Mchunu down two times in. The struggle was halted by referee Lou Moret soon after the next knockdown. Although the battle started extremely slow, the followers in attendance began to boo. The speed was picked up just after the primary couple of rounds, when Usyk begun connecting with his trademark combos. CompuBox statistics confirmed that Usyk landed 163 of 517 punches thrown (32%), and Mchunu landed seventy six of his 278 (27%).[twenty five]
The official time on the stoppage was at 2:53. Ahead of the combat, Usyk spoke of his need to fight other cruiserweight titlists along with battling Anthony Joshua at heavyweight. The struggle averaged 560,000 viewers on HBO, this was deemed very good figures contemplating it was Usyk's HBO debut and to the undercard.
Usyk vs. Hunter
K2 Promotions declared that Usyk can be returning on normal HBO to defend his cruiserweight globe title in April 2017. He was originally planned to seem over the undercard with the Golovkin-Jacobs HBO PPV in March at Madison Square Backyard, nevertheless due to the fact Roman Gonzalez and Carlos Cuadras were being scheduled to appear in individual fights and never battle each other, Usyk was pulled from the card.
On 12 February 2017, Usyk declared that he had parted ways with while trainer James Ali Bashir and changed him with Vasyl Lomachenko's oleksandr usyk father and trainer, Anatoly Lomachenko. Bob Arum announced that Usyk could well be Component of a triple header which includes Vasyl Lomachenko in the MGM Countrywide Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on eight April