The highly anticipated Oleksandr Usyk heavyweight debut is in jeopardy following the latest VADA results of Tyrone Spong.
The former undisputed cruiserweight world champion Usyk (16-0) was scheduled to meet the Dutch this Saturday in Chicago, US, but Spong (14-0) has tested positive for the banned substance clomiphene and the search for a new opponent is on.
Usik’s promoter – Eddie Hearn admitted via Twitter that there were problems with Spong’s results and now he’s looking for a short-term replacement.
We have been contacted by VADA to inform us that there has been an adverse finding in Tyrone Spong’s test. It has been sent to the State of Illinois commission and further information will be released in the morning. We have reserve opponents standing by.
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 7, 2019
The usual suspects are Michael Hunter, Oscar Rivas, Sergey Kuzmin, Otto Wallin, Manuel Charr. The 32-year-old Ukrainian boxer will still headline the October 12 card, but it’s unclear who will be his adversary.