Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (16-0) and his promoters are still in search for an adversary for the anticipated heavyweight debut of the Ukrainian.
October 12 is the scheduled date, but as time flies there is still no clarity on who will welcome the 32-year-old to the blue ribbon division.
Initially, Usyk had to face Carlos Takam on May 25, but a biceps injury postponed the fight. The clash was rescheduled for the fall, but some time ago Takam signed a deal with a new promoter and unofficially, he was out of the picture. The name of Russia’s Andrey Fedosov made the news, as his manager even said that there is a done deal between the two camps.
Up to this date, there is nothing formal neither from Matchroom Boxing nor from Eddie Hearn. The latest rumors are saying that the 2012 Olympic champion doesn’t want to fight a Russian, worrying that the matchup could add to the real-world tension between Ukraine and Russia. Usyk has already denied a potential mega-fight with former world champion Alexander Povetkin for this very reason.