By Dmitry Mikhalchuk and Alexey Sukachev
2012 London Olympics and 2011 Baku World Championship heavyweight gold medalist Olexander Usyk (1-0, 1 KO) will continue his professional education on Dec. 14 at the Terminal Ice Palace in a city of Brovary, Ukraine, as a co-featured fight of the big event of boxing, pre-planned by K2 Ukraine Promotions.
Usyk, 26, one of the best amateurs in recent years, now fighting as a cruiserweight, made his pro debut on Nov. 9 with a convincing stoppage of Mexican Felipe Romero (16-7-1) in five. Next for Usyk is another veteran, a more famed one, in Columbian slugger Epifanio Mendoza (34-15-1, 30 KOs). Mendoza, 38, challenged for the WBC light heavyweight title in 2007 and was stopped in four by a prime Chad Dawson. Despite going just 6-10 since then, Mendoza can still be a relative threat for Usyk thanks to his knockout potential, which was last demonstrated just two years ago in a three-round blowout of 13-0 Boricua Carlos Negron.
Being part of the shows headliner is another Mendoza also of Colombia. Well-travelled Spain-based Ignacio Mendoza (38-8-2, 23 KOs) will oppose Ukrainian veteran Sergey Fedchenko (33-2, 14 KOs) in his defense of the WBO European light welterweight title over twelve rounds. WBO #2 Fedchenko, 32, is best known for his spirited but totally unsuccessful effort against Juan Manuel Marquez a year and a half ago a fight the Ukrainian stylist has lost by wide margins. Fedchenko is 3-0, 1 KO, since then and he will make the second defense of his WBO regional regalia. Mendoza, 30, has already fought twice in Ukraine winning a sensational TKO 1 upset over 24-0 Wladimir Kravets in August 2011, then losing widely on points to WBC #1 rated Victor Postol (also undefeated at 23-0) two months ago.
Another meaningful fight on the card is a collision of two battle-tested Ukrainian underachievers, as still-to-be-defeated Valery Brazhnik (30-0-1, 17 KOs) clashes against fellow compatriot Victor Plotnikov (29-2, 13 KOs) in an important welterweight crossroader.
Also on the card is WBO/WBC #5, WBA #9 and IBF #12 middleweight Maks Bursak (28-1, 12 KOs). The EBU titleholder will be featured in a non-title eight-rounder against an opponent to be named soon. Bursak wont be an opponent for the undefeated Russian Dmitry Chudinov in Moscow on Dec. 21, contrary to previously circulated rumors.Tags: Maksym Bursak , Sergey Fedchenko , Alexander Usyk
Rounding up the tourney is a heavyweight prospect Vladimir Tereshkin (17-0-1, 8 KOs) and light welterweight prospect Mishiko Beselia (4-0, 2 KOs).