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Tyrone Spong believes he has what it takes to upset Oleksandr Usyk

Spong takes the ultimate step up in class next weekend.

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Former kickboxer Tyrone Spong (14-0, 13 KOs) may have all the credentials in the world in his previous discipline, but in boxing the jury is still out. But that’s still not stopping Spong from making a gigantic leap in competition when he takes on former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) next Saturday.

Spong literally hasn’t fought anyone of note so far in his professional boxing career, so if he can manage to score a win here it would probably send shockwaves throughout the sport. Spong, however, doesn’t think it’s that farfetched of an idea, though.

“After achieving most of my goals as a kickboxer and becoming one of the most decorated champions in the history of the sport, I wanted to test myself in the difficult and challenging sport of boxing,” said Spong.

“I have worked tirelessly during the last three years. Now, I have the opportunity to prove my worth as a boxer against perhaps the best pound for pound, and most technically sound boxer in the World.

“Some may think the challenge may be too difficult. I believe in myself, and look forward to being victorious on October 12.”

Despite Spong’s confidence, he’ll be going up against a man in Usyk who has an argument for being the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world right now, and how he’ll he be able to cope with being in a with a completely different level of fighter should be telling quite from the early going.