There’s no date in the log yet, but the fight everyone wants to see – Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tyson Fury – looks inevitable at some point in the near future.
The former, undefeated and current WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion, is coming off two impressive wins over Anthony Joshua and looks like a compelling opponent even for the Gypsy King.
Now 35, Usyk was a late bloomer in boxing, not making his professional debut until the age of 26 after several years as an amateur.
The Ukrainian quickly made a name for himself by beating Mexican Felipe Romero and Colombian Epifanio Mendoza in 2013.
His early victories paved the way for a first title fight against Daniel Bruwer in 2014. Usyk won by TKO in the seventh round and became the WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight champion, the first of many belts to follow in the years to come.
High profile wins over Krzysztof Glowacki, Michael Hunter and Marco Huck paved the way for an undisputed heavyweight showdown against Murat Gassiev in Russia in 2018.
Usyk produced arguably the best performance of his career to win all four major world titles, becoming a global superstar in the process.
A first pay-per-view appearance in the UK followed soon after as he took on British boxing icon Tony Bellew in Manchester in 2018.
He won that fight emphatically by knockout before deciding to move up to heavyweight soon after in search of further accolades to spruce up an already storied career.
A first heavyweight victory over Chazz Wetherspoon followed before Usyk got the better of Derek Chisora at Wembley, setting the stage for his recent double-header against Anthony Joshua.
It was a rivalry that truly established Usyk as the man to beat in the heavyweight division as he claimed victory in both competitions against AJ, snatching the Briton’s WBA, IBF and WBO world titles in the process. .
The second of his fights with Joshua came against the backdrop of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Usyk, born in Simferopol, Crimea, had joined a defense battalion in his homeland, saying his “country and his honor are more important to me than a championship belt.”
Even so, the fight continued into August and Usyk was again victorious. The question now is whether there is anyone capable of beating the heavyweight champion.
Oleksandr Usyk: Record
Usyk’s record is 20 wins and 0 losses.
Most of his early fights were in Ukraine before a 2016 TKO win over Thabiso Mchunu in California.
The hype for a potential meeting with Fury is understandable given the respective records of both fighters.
Given the trajectory of Usyk’s career, there will likely be more big names to face and tougher challenges on the horizon.
Oleksandr Usyk: KO
Usyk has won 13 of his 20 fights by knockout, the other seven by decision.
His two victories over Joshua were 12 full rounds, while Bellew and Huck were both knockout victories.
Oleksandr Usyk: Size
The 35-year-old is listed at 6’3″.
Oleksandr Usyk: Reaching
Usyk has a reach of approximately 78″.
Oleksandr Usyk: Weight
Usyk usually weighs around 220 pounds.
Oleksandr Usyk: Next fight
There is no fight on the schedule for Usyk yet, despite talk of a possible fight against Fury in 2023.
Deontay Wilder and Dillian Whyte have both been speculated as potential opponents.
“Next year, the fight for the undisputed world title against Tyson Fury is our priority,” Usyk assistant coach Sergey Lapin said.
“That’s the main goal. But if that doesn’t happen for some reason, hopefully there will still be some very interesting fights to come.
“Alex could, for example, come back to the cruiserweight division but only if he fights with Saul Alvarez. He’s the only fighter Usyk would come back to at cruise weight for.