Former undisputed cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk (16-0) will be arriving on the heavyweight stage this upcoming October 12 in Chicago, US.
The Olympic gold medalist was supposed to fight Carlos Takam in May, but the Ukrainian suffered an arm injury and the fight was postponed. Then Russia’s Andrey Fedosov was the one who’d welcome Usyk to the blue ribbon division, but it turned out Usyk wasn’t on board with the fact that he’d be facing a Russian boxer due to political reasons.
Finally, a new opponent has been announced and his name is Tyrone Spong (14-0). Spong is a 34-year-old Dutch who lives in the US. It is without a doubt a strange matchup because Spong made his pro boxing debut in 2015. Before that, he was a kickboxer with 100 fights resume. The Dutch is currently ranked at #4 in the WBO heavyweight standings, but we should not forget that this is the same organization that ranked Tom Schwarz at #2.
Spong’s last fight was this past Saturday when he defeated Jeyson Minda via KO. Usyk’s last bout was in November of 2018 when he cruised past England’s Tony Bellew in Manchester.