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Olympic champion Oleksandr Usyk defeats Andrey Knyazev via TKO 8

Oleksandr Usyk (7-0, KO 7) of the Ukraine outworked his Russian opponent Andrey Knyazev (11-2) in the main event of a K2 promotions show in the Sports Palace in Kiev, Ukraine under the watchful eye of the city mayor Vitali Klitschko.

Usyk won the WBO Inter-Continental cruiser weight title and his 3rd place in the WBO rankings suggests a showdown with cruiser weight king Marco Huck (Muamer Hukić) in the near future. Tony Bellew and Krzytof Glowacki occupy the top two spots but getting past them should be a formality for Usyk. Continue reading

Oleksandr Usyk Returns To Battle Saturday, December 13th In Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine (December 4, 2014) 2012 Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medalist OLEKSANDR USYK makes his sixth pro start against South African veteran DANIE VENTER on Saturday, December 13th at the Sport Palace in Kiev, Ukraine.

Boasting a destructive record of 5-0-0 with five knockouts, Usyk has quickly become one of boxing’s hottest prospects. Continue reading

Oleksandr Usyk Wins Fourth Pro Fight, Stops Cesar David Crenz In Four

Odessa, Ukraine (May 31, 2014) 2012 Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medalist OLEKSANDR USYK won his fourth professional fight this evening with a dominant fourth round stoppage of Argentinian veteran CESAR DAVID “El Ruso” CRENZ in front of a packed house at the Sport Palace in Odessa, Ukraine.

Dominating Crenz with a terrific jab and piston like power shots, the southpaw Usyk controlled the action from the opening bell.

Dropping Crenz in the third with a massive left hook to the chin, Usyk drilled him back to the canvas in the fourth with a heavy-handed left to the body ending the scheduled eight rounder at the 2:12 mark of the stanza.

Usyk heads to 4-0-0 (4KO’s) with the stoppage while Crenz moves to 21-9-0 (13KO’s with the loss.

Said Alexander Krassyuk of K2 Promotions Ukraine, “This was another terrific win for Oleksandr in front of a sold out house at the Sport Palace. The support he’s received from media and fans has been overwhelming and we look forward to announcing his next fight in the near future.”

Photos: Oleksandr Usyk Public Workout

Odessa, Ukraine (May 30, 2014) On Thursday, 2012 Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medalist OLEKSANDR USYK and head trainer James Bashir held a public workout for a huge crowd of fans and media on the beautiful “Nemo” Dolphinarium Langeron Beach just two days ahead of his scheduled eight round cruiserweight battle with CESAR DAVID “El Ruso” CRENZ on Saturday, May 31 at the Sport Palace in Odessa, Ukraine.

Sporting a professional boxing record of 3-0-0 (3KO’s), Usyk will face off against a much more experienced fighter with the Argentinian compiling a record of 21-8-0 with 13 knockouts over his 12-year career.

The Usyk/Crenz bout is promoted by K2 Promotions Ukraine.

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Oleksandr Usyk, an Olympic gold medalist, will make a pro debut on Nov.9

IMG_9561A recent press release about the pro debut of Oleksandr Usyk (not Alexander) on Nov. 9 finally alerted some journalists that the cruiserweight Olympic champion had actually turned pro. He did that right after Vasyl Lomachenko singed with Top Rank. The two are team mates and close friends and they traveled to the US together to seek a deal with a premiere promotional company. Both are Olympic champions from the Ukraine and very competent boxers whose styles would need only minor tactical adjustments for them to cross over to the paid ranks. Conditioning should not be a problem for people who run the marathon distance as a part of their road work.

Lomachenko was in high demand and he put up an auction of sorts demanding a championship fight in his debut along with the financial terms. Apparently Top Rank beat the rest to the chase and attracted the diamond in the rough to their stable. A debut for a title was a pipe dream but the rest of the requirements may have been met. Continue reading

WSB: Young Lionhearts lose in Ukraine but remain well placed in WSB; Lomachenko Impresses

The British Lionhearts lost 4-1 tonight against a highly experienced Ukraine Otamans team in the World Series of Boxing. In a tough away fixture in Kiev, the young Lionhearts team put in a brave performance but was unable to match a Ukraine outfit which featured two of its biggest names in current Olympic champions, Oleksandr Usyk and Vasyl Lomachenko.

A second World Series victory for Wales’ Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sean McGoldrick in the first bout of the evening was the high point of the night for the Lionhearts as the Ukrainian team fought back to record its second win of the season.

Despite the loss, the British Lionhearts remain ahead of the Otamans in Group B of the World Series of Boxing. The Lionhearts are in second place with nine points, following wins against USA Knockouts, Italia Thunder and the German Eagles whilst the Otamans have moved-up to third with eight points from two wins and two losses.

The teams meet again in the home return for the Lionhearts at York Hall in London on Friday 1 March 2013. Continue reading