Former undisputed champion in the first heavyweight title, Oleksandr Usyk won his first fight on October 13.
Former undisputed first heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) won his first victory in the heavyweight division. In the main fight of the evening of boxing at the Wintrust Arena (Chicago, USA), a 32-year-old citizen of Simferopol defeated the local 38-year-old fighter Chazz Witherspoon (38-4, 29 KOs) by technical knockout. The American refused to go to the 8th round.
The first rounds went the traditional way, neither of the boxers did not force himself, trying; each other with careful jabs. The fight was at a slow pace and Usyk took the American by his left side.
It seemed that the American was getting weaker and weaker. Usyk in simply beat a black boxer the end of the 7th round and Witherspoon refused to participate in the 8th three-minute period.
The boxer also announced plans for the future:
“I think that I will gain a little more weight. It will be 100 kg or a little more. It’s not a problem to gain weight, but then there can be problems regarding boxing. I need to get used to it, it’s mathematics, physics… I need to work on accuracy of punches. It seems that I’m not weakly punching. You can pick a few of my opponents and ask about my punches. I hit a lot and I punch a lot.
Oleksandr Usyk (born 17 January 1987) is a Ukrainian professional boxer. He reigned as the undisputed cruiserweight champion from July 2018 until he vacated his titles in March 2019, being the first cruiserweight in history to hold all four major world championships—the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and WBO titles.