News | Oct 13 2019

Oleksandr Usyk victorious over heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon

Oleksandr Usyk wins his first professional contest at heavyweight and targets the Joshua-Ruiz winner
Oleksandr Usyk
Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

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.

Oleksandr Usyk reaches for Chazz Witherspoon at the Wintrust Arena Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA