UKRAINIAN star Oleksandr Usyk has signed with new promoter Eddie Hearn and his company Matchroom.
The unified cruiserweight champion won all four major world titles, and the Muhammad Ali trophy, when he outclassed Murat Gassiev, winning a clear unanimous decision in Moscow and winning the World Boxing Super Series.
Usyk, an Olympic gold medallist at London 2012, is only 15 fights into his professional career but has already won the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF world titles, beating the likes of Mairis Briedis, Marco Huck, Michael Hunter and more as well as Gassiev. Currently Boxing News rank Usyk as the fifth best boxer pound-for-pound in the world.
The deal will bring him to new US streaming service DAZN. The arrangement opens up intriguing possibilities for Usyk. Matchroom of course also represent Tony Bellew and unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Bellew was the WBC’s cruiserweight champion before he moved up to heavyweight to defeat David Haye. As WBC Emeritus champion he retains the right to challenge Usyk and is on the Ukrainian’s radar. Usyk memorably called out Bellew in Russia. “I heard Tony Bellew is looking for a fight with the winner of the Muhammad Ali Trophy. I hope he will see me. Tony Bellew are you ready?” he declared.
Bellew has answered the call and is open to fighting the Ukrainian in November, with negotiations between their two teams underway.
“I’m thrilled that K2 Promotions will be working with Matchroom Boxing moving forward to secure me the biggest fights out there,” Usyk said. “Fans can look forward to watching me take on the biggest and best names in the sport. Boxing for me is all about drama and victory, and there is plenty more to come. A fight with Tony Bellew would be a momentous occasion, he is a good boxer and a good person and I also have the option to move into the heavyweight division.
“Thankfully, England is more than just a country for me, in this country I got what I was reaching for half of my life, I got my Olympic gold medal and in Liverpool I became European Champion in 2008. England is a lucky country for me and fortune comes only with hard work.”
Usyk’s ambitions extend far. He wants to move up to heavyweight and eventually take on fellow London 2012 gold medallist Anthony Joshua. Bellew will be the perfect challenge to lead him towards the ultimate showdown.