Usyk's Promoter: We'll Do Our Best To Get Joshua By End of 2019

by Tomi Pradarics

After winning the first ever World Boxing Super Series and grabbing the Muhammad Ali Trophy at cruiserweight, Oleksandr Usyk and his promoter, K2 Ukraine, have now made headlines with bringing the Ukrainian phenom to powerful promoter Eddie Hearn, who runs Matchroom Boxing.

The parties signed a multi-fight co-promotional contract and thus Usyk’s next fight will be broadcasted live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports in the UK.

“I’m thrilled that K2 Promotions will be working with Matchroom Boxing moving forward to secure me the biggest fights out there. Fans can look forward to watching me take on the biggest and best names in the sport,” said Usyk upon signing with Hearn.


Team Usyk and Matchroom have already negotiated about a potential super-fight for the Ukrainian against former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew. The proposed date of the carnage is November 10th somewhere in the UK, with all four of Usyk’s belts could be at stake - but the WBA is pushing for Usyk to make a mandatory defense against Denis Lebedev.

K2 Ukraine General Director and thus promoter of the WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO/Ring champion Usyk, Alexander Krassyuk is pleased with the union with Matchroom Boxing.

He hopes the new deal with Matchroom will eventually lead to a future showdown with IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who is Hearn's star fighter.

Usyk is planning a move to the heavyweight division in the very near future.

"Once he starts his journey in the elite division he would be looking for the heart of the king, and Joshua is the king at heavyweight right now," Krassyuk told Sky Sports.

"So I can anticipate that Usyk vs Joshua could be something really, really extraordinary in modern boxing. We will make our best to make it happen by the end of next year.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kafkod on 09-13-2018

[QUOTE=HI-TECH Boxing;19095448]225/230 is too heavy. Usyk needs to be light and mobile. Also needs to keep his stamina. These Heavyweights can't fight all three minutes of rounds. They also slow down in those middle rounds. Joshua and Wilder only throw…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-13-2018

[QUOTE=Marvlus Marv;19095529]It's doable if all goes to plan, no injuries or upsets, but he's going to be a reasonably small HW at ~220 lbs and 6' 3.[/QUOTE] Well yea if there are setbacks it greatly reduces there chance obviously. But…

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 09-13-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19094176]I'm not saying 2020 ISN'T more realistic. I'm merely saying "we'll do our best to get our shot by the end of 2019" ISN'T that crazy or bold a prediction. It seems highly doable. To me Uysk's possibly just…

Comment by HI-TECH Boxing on 09-13-2018

[QUOTE=kafkod;19091840]That's exactly the way I think about it. If any HW in the division gets caught clean by the likes of AJ or Wilder, they are going to get hurt, and probably KO'd. Usyk is already coming into the ring…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-13-2018

[QUOTE=Marvlus Marv;19094168]Ok, but remeber he'll still be a cruiserweight at the end of THIS year (if he fights Bellew) so he'll have more like 12 months to beef up, tune up then be ready for AJ. Mid 2020 would be…

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