FORMERLY the undisputed cruiserweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk has stepped up to heavyweight. In his first bout in the division he picked apart American Chazz Witherspoon on Saturday (October 12). Battered and beaten after seven rounds at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Witherspoon slumped on to his stool and could not continue against the excellent Ukrainian.
Witherspoon had come in as a short notice replacement in the days ahead of the fight after original opponent, Tyrone Spong, failed a drug test.
“I think it was a good performance by me. Most important I did everything I was told by my corner,” Usyk said afterwards.