Oleksandr Usyk To Make His American Debut in December?

By Steve Kim

On Tuesday afternoon at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, California, an open media workout was held for IBF, WBO and WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26KOs), who faces Andre Ward (30-0, 15KOs) on November 19th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Kovalev is managed by Egis Klimas and on this day another one of his clients stopped by the gym, WBO cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk.

Klimas says of Usyk's immediate future - "We are looking at a fight here in the United States, sometime in December. We're looking at different opportunities and hopefully we're going to see him in the ring in December."


Usky won the title on September 17th by out-pointing Krzysztof Glowaki over 12 rounds in Poland in what was just his tenth pro fight.

There are reports in Ukraine that Usyk may land on the Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr. card on December 17th at The Forum in Los Angeles.

So can Usky - a 2008 Olympic gold medalist for Ukraine - bring some cruiserweight heat to the States?

"We would like to do what we did with Kovalev when he came here,"explained Klimas. "I asked [Kovalev when he came here] maybe you want to move down in the weight class and he looked at me and said, 'Why?' I said,' Light heavyweight division is dead.' He said, 'Well, let me stay at 175 and I'll light up that division.'

"Look at what he is and now 175 is booming. So we would like to do something at cruiserweight."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by asgarth on 11-02-2016

[QUOTE=1hourRun;17164832]Oh btw anybody know when that fraud Tony Bellew going to fight a top ten cruiserweight?[/QUOTE] I dont even like bellew, but i am pretty sure makabu was top10 at the time they fought. Well i just looked up the…

Comment by crisantonio917 on 11-02-2016

Usyk is as exciting as watching grass grow...

Comment by HankHill on 11-02-2016

A few fights in USA and Usyk ll light up the HW division.

Comment by 1hourRun on 11-02-2016

Oh btw anybody know when that fraud Tony Bellew going to fight a top ten cruiserweight?

Comment by 1hourRun on 11-02-2016

Respect to Usyk unlike the cowardly Britts hes already making moves in the Meca of Boxing.

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