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Oleksandr Usyk Return is Targeted For April Date, on HBO

By Steve Kim

The original plan was to feature WBO cruiseweight titlist Oleksandr Usyk on the Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs HBO pay-per-view undercard on March 18th at the Madison Square Garden in New York.

But now it looks like his next bout will come in the following month.Usyk lost his position on the card when Roman Gonzalez and Carlos Cuadras were matched in separate fights instead of facing each other in a rematch.

Tom Loeffler, the managing director of K2 Promotions, explained to BoxingScene.com on Thursday afternoon - "We lost a slot because of the (Carlos) Cuadras fight. If 'Chocolatito' (Roman Gonzalez) and Cuadras had fought we would have a slot for a fight with Usyk we were thinking about."

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Both Gonzalez and Cuadras - who engaged in an entertaining slugfest, will have to fight in each other in a rematch in the near future, as long as they win their upcoming fights -  because the WBC has designated Cuadras as the mandatory challenger. It was announced by K2 that unbeaten prospect Ryan 'Blue Chip' Martin would open up this pay-per-view broadcast against Bryant 'Pee Wee' Cruz.

But Usyk will be back on U.S. airwaves soon after.

"After speaking with Peter Nelson (Executive Vice President of HBO Sports) at HBO he wants to feature Usyk again on a regular HBO broadcast instead of pay-per-view," said Loeffler. "So we're looking at some time in April for Usyk on an HBO broadcast."

Usyk, who won his title in just his tenth pro fight, fought in December on Bernard Hopkins-Joe Smith undercard and scored a ninth-round TKO of Thabiso Mchunu in what was his HBO debut.

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -Freddy- on 02-04-2017

I want to see Usyk fight Bellew so I can see Bellew getting two beatings this year.

Comment by JRB123 on 02-04-2017

So no Gonzalez-Cuadras II on March 18th? Dang it...They might as well get it over with ASAP I want to see Gonzalez face Inoue this year

Comment by BufordTannen on 02-03-2017

[QUOTE=boxingitis;17399237]Put him on the co main even of the lomachenko fight.[/QUOTE] ITs pretty stupid tho numbers wise. Loma gonna get another 750k+ to fight in front of 2000 people in Maryland lol. Nobody knows usyk either.

Comment by j0zef on 02-03-2017

Stupid. They should have continued to push Usyk on big cards. CW doesn't get enough respect as is, and it's a great division.

Comment by Boxing Truth on 02-03-2017

USA boxing is in the toilet, no guts or fighters willing to act like fighters. Today they all act like managers except without any education.

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