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Usyk finally makes his heavyweight bow in the Windy City

Oleksandr Usyk moves from cruiserweight to heavyweight for the first time and may or may not fight Tyrone Spong in Chicago on Saturday
Oleksandr Usyk
Oleksandr Usyk & Tony Bellew Press Conference  |  Action Images/Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

CONSIDERING he boxed three times in 2018 and was arguably the standout fighter of that year, it’s strange to think Oleksandr Usyk will have been inactive for almost 12 months by the time he touches gloves with his first professional heavyweight opponent on Saturday (October 12) at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena.

He deserved a break, no question. He deserved a break more than any fighter in the sport, in fact. Yet the gap-toothed genius’ presence has been sorely missed and his debut as a heavyweight is now eagerly anticipated.

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