Oleksandr Usyk

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Oleksandr Usyk
Усик Олександр Олександрович (Кременчук, 4.10.2012).jpg
Oleksandr Usyk
Statistics
Real name Олександр Усик
Nickname(s) The Cat
Rated at Cruiserweight
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Nationality Ukrainian
Born (1987-01-17) January 17, 1987 (age 27)
Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 4
Wins 4
Wins by KO 4
Losses 0
Draws 0

Oleksandr Oleksandrovich Usyk (Ukrainian: Олекса́ндр Олекса́ндрович У́сик) is a Ukrainian professional boxer who won the 2008 European Amateur Boxing Championships at light-heavyweight, the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships at heavyweight and the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the heavyweight division. He is a southpaw.

Amateur career[edit]

At the 2006 European Championships he won his first three matches against little-known opponents, in the semi-final he was outclassed by Russian star Matvey Korobov.

He then moved up to light-heavyweight later and won the Strandja Cup in 2008.

In February 2008, he moved up another weightclass and was sent to the Olympic qualifier in Roseto degli Abruzzi replacing European Champion Denys Poyatsyka. There he defeated world class Azeri Elchin Alizade and Daniel Price.[1]

At Beijing he easily beat world class local Yushan Nijiati (23:4) but ran into world champion Clemente Russo and lost (4:7).

He dropped down to light-heavy and captured the European Championships 2008 but later went up again.

At the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships he beat Artur Beterbiyev and Teymur Mammadov to win the Heavyweight title and qualify for the Olympics.

At the 2012 Olympic Games (results) in London, Usyk won the gold medal, beating Artur Beterbiyev, Tervel Pulev and Italy's Clemente Russo, outscoring him by 6-3 in Round 3.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Usyk turned pro in late 2013 and signed a promotional deal with the Klitschko brothers' K2 Promotions. Usyk will fight in the Cruiserweight division.[3] On November 9, 2013, Usyk made his professional debut by defeating Mexican fighter Felipe Romero via a fifth round knockout.[4]

Professional boxing record[edit]

4 Wins (4 knockout), 0 Losses, 0 Draws[5]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 4-0 Argentina Cesar David Crenz KO 4 (8) 2014-05-31 Ukraine Sport Palace, Odessa, Ukraine
Win 3-0 Germany Ben Nsafoah KO 3 (8) 2014-04-26 Germany König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 2-0 Colombia Epifanio Mendoza TKO 4 (6) 2013-12-07 Ukraine TEC Terminal Ice Arena, Brovary
Win 1–0 Mexico Felipe Romero TKO 5 (6) 2013-09-11 Ukraine Sport Palace, Kiev Professional debut

Personal life[edit]

Usyk is married to Katerin and the couple have 2 children (born in 2013 and 2009).[6]

Roughly one month after the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation[nb 1] Usyk declared (on 28 April 2014) he would never exchange his Ukrainian citizenship for a Russian one and that he considered Crimea a part of Ukraine.[8]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Medallists by weight category". AIBA. Retrieved November 16, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Gold gives Ukrainian heavyweight a reason to dance". Washington Post. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ Ivan Ivanov (September 25, 2013). "Oleksandr Usyk, an Olympic gold medalist, will make a pro debut on Nov.9". Eastside Boxing. 
  4. ^ "Bracero defeats former WBA champ". http://www.supersport.com. November 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ Oleksandr Usyk – Boxer. Boxrec.com.
  6. ^ (Ukrainian) Oleksandr's wife Katerin gave birth to a son, Televiziyna Sluzhba Novyn (8 February 2013)
  7. ^ Gutterman, Steve. "Putin signs Crimea treaty, will not seize other Ukraine regions". Reuters.com. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  8. ^ (Ukrainian) Usyk: "I am Ukrainian, and Crimea is Ukrainian", Ukrayinska Pravda Champion (28 April 2014)

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