Oleksandr Usyk is set to make his highly-anticipated move to heavyweight on Oct. 12, when he’ll headline a DAZN card from Chicago, but the former undisputed cruiserweight king still doesn’t have an opponent.
Usyk (16-0, 12 KO) hasn’t fought since Nov. 2018, when he went to Manchester and stopped Tony Bellew in the eighth round of what would be — at least for now — his final fight at cruiserweight, having already unified all four title belts and won the World Boxing Super Series tournament.
The 32-year-old Ukrainian was supposed to make his glamour division debut on May 25 against Carlos Takam, but suffered an injury in training and had to cancel the fight. Takam, who was a strong first opponent at the new weight, has a new promoter and they’re not interested in matching him with Usyk.
Matchroom made a deal, ESPN reports, for Usyk to face Andrey Fedosov (31-3, 25 KO), a 33-year-old veteran fringe contender who has been pretty well off the map since being stopped against Bryant Jennings in 2013. But Usyk reportedly isn’t interested in fighting a Russian, worrying that the matchup could add to the real world tension between Ukraine and Russia.
Without Takam or any Russians possible, and taking out all the guys Usyk definitely isn’t going to fight in his heavyweight debut, you’re looking at a matchup that likely won’t be all that exciting for most people. Not that Takam or Fedosov would have blown the doors off, but Takam especially was a legit choice for the entry into heavyweight.
There’s always Joey Dawejko, maybe. Chazz Witherspoon reportedly has a fight set for Sept. 21 against a TBA. Uh, Oliver McCall is 54 and active. Maybe Jerry Forrest would be up for taking a shot?
Please don’t make me watch Usyk poke at Kevin Johnson for 12 rounds.
Anyway, whatever happens