Advertisement
Advertisement

Oleksander Usyk Already Thinking History at Cruiserweight

By Jake Donovan

Oleksander Usyk has hit the ground running on the fast track to cruiserweight contention and for good reason. The 2008 Olympic Gold medalist – currently 3-0 (3KO) already has aspirations of making boxing history.

Holyfield scored a thrilling 15-round decision over Dwight Muhammad Qawi in Dec. ’86, winning a portion of the cruiserweight crown just 12 fights and barely over one year into his pro career. The 1984 Olympic Bronze medalist went on to become the division’s first-ever unified champ and widely regarded as the greatest cruiserweight in boxing history, a legend which only grew following his success as a four-time heavyweight titlist, including two lineal championship reigns.

Usyk is less impressed with the record as he sees it as a target for his own goals as a pro.

“Evander Holyfield became cruiserweight champion in his 12th pro fight. I want to beat his record and get to the title as soon as I can,” insists Usyk, who faces Argentine veteran Cesar David Crenz (21-8, 13KO) this weekend in his native Ukraine.

Boasting over 300 amateur fights and two tours with the Ukraine Olympic Boxing team (2008, 2012), Usyk wasted no time in seeking out experienced opponents from the moment he turned pro last November. The 27-year old southpaw was throwin in with 24-fight veteran Felipe Romero in his pro debut, scoring a 5th round knockout in their scheduled six-round cruiserweight affair.

Usyk fought his first scheduled eight-round bout last month, though only needing less than three to obliterate Ben Nsaofoah in Germany. The bout came on the undercard of Wladimir Klitschko’s 5th round stoppage of Alex Leapai, following extensive time Usyk enjoyed in training camp with the lineal heavyweight king.

Saturday’s showdown with Crenz marks his third fight at home in the Ukraine, where the plan is to develop his star potential before seeking out the best cruiserweights.

As for when and whom he plans to fight for a title… that depends entirely on the titlist willing to step forward and defend against the former amateur standout.

“It doesn’t matter to me who I fight,” Usyk boldly states. “That’s for my promoter (K2 Promotions) to figure out. I’m ready for anybody in the world.” 

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

Tags: Oleksandr Usyk image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PainfromUkraine on 05-29-2014

Posted this a while ago as well. Good luck to him, hard to say if it will be too early for him, because he still needs work to get out of some amateur habits. But he has a good skill…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Teddy Atlas Wonders if Brook Had Injury PRIOR To Golovkin Bout Hearn Contacts Klitschko's Manager To Discuss Fighting Joshua Jarrell Miller Feels David Haye is Running From Shannon Briggs Muhammad Ali Receives Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award Linares-Crolla Rematch Clause in Place, Hearn Expects Fight Miguel Cotto Return in 2017 is Best Option, Says Adviser Photos: Tyson Fury Ringside at Crolla-Linares, in Good Spirits Rico Ramos Blasts Out Prosper Ankrah in Three Rounds Jhonny Gonzalez With Vicious First Round KO of Yamamoto Fury Refused Testing, Told Inspectors To F*** Off, Claims Report Donnie Nietes Makes Flyweight Debut, Dominates Edgar Sosa Video: Eddie Hearn Reflects on Crolla's Loss, The Future Video: Anthony Crolla-Jorge Linares Post Fight Press Conference Malignaggi: So Obvious, Team Canelo Waiting For Golovkin To Age Javier Fortuna Back With a Bang, Demolishes Cabrera in Two Donnie Nietes vs. Edgar Sosa LIVE Results Crolla: Linares Rocked My World, I'm Not Going To Lie Klitschko-Fury 2 - Barclaycard-Arena on Hold For December 10 Jorge Linares Decisions Anthony Crolla, Wins Lightweight Crown Arnfield Shocks Ryder - Wins WBA Regional, Targets British Belt Anthony Crolla vs. Jorge Linares - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Callum Johnson Stops Shihepo, Wins Commonwealth Belt Deontay Wilder: Tyson Fury No Longer Cares About Boxing Klitschko Waits on Word From The Sanctioning Bodies on Fury Hosea Burton Conor Benn, Marcus Morrison Get Wins Nihito Arakawa Retains Title, Stops Yusuke Tsukada in Six Rounds Malignaggi Will Not Go For The EBU Title, Withdraws From Spot Anthony Joshua Ready To Replace Tyson Fury, Fight Klitschko! Crolla Plans To Be Calculating, Take The Fight To Linares Early Warren: Won't Take Long For Liam Smith To Get in World Title Mix Parker: Dimitrenko's Height Will Prepare Me For Champions Curtis Stevens: Me And Lemieux Should Fight For Shot at Canelo Teddy Atlas: Golovkin Looked HORRIBLE Against Brook Anthony Crolla Pumped: This is My Kostya Tsyzu Moment! Donnie Nietes Ready To Make Impressive Debut at Flyweight Anthony Crolla vs. Jorge Linares - Tale of The Tape Jarrell Miller: I'd Break Joshua's Face in Half, I'd Run Him Over! Canelo-Golovkin: Promoters Agree To Sit Down in Two Weeks Tommy Morrison's Son: I Opened Some Eyes, Roach Improved Me Anthony Crolla-Jorge Linares: Pre-Fight Report Card
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement