The teams for Krzysztof Glowacki and Oleksandr Usyk have reached an agreement for a bout in September, avoiding a purse bid for their mandatory WBO cruiserweight title fight, with Glowacki defending.
Usyk (9-0, 9 KO) was an amateur standout for Ukraine, winning medals in the middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight divisions in several competitions. In 2012, he won the Olympic gold medal at heavyweight (201 lbs), and turned pro a little over a year later.
Thus far as a professional, he has lived up to the hype, largely dominating his opposition. In his toughest bout, he was pushed into the ninth round in a competitive fight against Danie Venter in December 2014. Usyk won the fight by stoppage in the ninth of a scheduled 10.
At the end of 2015, I had him as the clear No. 1 prospect in the division. Now 29, Usyk and his team are not looking to spend more time preparing for a world title bout. Their goal has always been, according to his promoter, to win a world title quicker than Evander Holyfield did. Holyfield won his first world title in his 12th pro fight.
Glowacki (26-0, 16 KO) has emerged as a top cruiserweight over the last year, rallying to knock out Marco Huck to win the WBO title last August, in a terrific fight in Newark. He defended on April 16, beating Steve Cunningham over 12 rounds in Brooklyn.