Photos: Usyk Has Toughest Test Yet, Beats Briedis To Unify Belts

WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk beat WBC title holder Mairis Briedis by a majority points decision to unify the belts.

The two met in the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series tournament and Usyk won 115-113, 115-113 and 114-114 in Latvia.

He will now meet the winner of IBF champion Murat Gassiev against WBA belt holder Yunier Dorticos in the final.

2012 Olympic Champion, 30-year-old Usyk expressed before the tournament his desire to unify the belts in the cruiserweight division and to take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy. And he kicked off in style:

The Ukrainian went to Berlin in Germany on September 9 in the tournament opener and produced a spectacular display at the Max-Schmeling-Arena to stop former world champion Marco Huck in the 10th round.

“I do not care where I fight,” said Usyk, the tournament’s number one seed. “In Riga, there were 10,000 fans and that’s great. The fans received a beautiful and interesting battle between two world champions.”

32-year-old Briedis excited an ecstatic hometown crowd at a sold-out Arena Riga on September 30 to score a unanimous decision in his quarter-final over the tough Cuban challenger Mike Perez.

The event will conclude in May and features a $50m prize fund.

That pool will be split across two tournaments, one for super-middleweights and one for cruiserweights, with each featuring eight fighters competing from a quarter-final stage.

Whoever wins the cruiserweight section will hold all four belts.

Usyk’s hard-fought win over Briedis extended the 31-year-old’s career record to 14 fights without defeat.–124723?print_friendly=1

09/09/2017 Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck

Date:  Saturday, September 9, 2017


Location: Max-Schmeling-Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany 

Promoter:  Sauerland Event / Wilfried Sauerland

Supervisor:   Istvan Kovacs

Referee: Robert Byrd

Judges:  Zoltan Enyedi, Matteo Montella, Robin Taylor

Results:   WBO Jr. Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk (13-0, 11 KOs) successfully defended his title in stopping former champion Marco Huck (40-5-1, 27 KOs) in the 10th round.

TV:  Canada Super Channel, Germany SAT.1

Photos: Usyk Dominates, Stops Marco Huck in Tenth Round

By Alexey Sukachev

Berlin, Germany – In the first bout of the World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight tournament, Oleksandr Usyk (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a tenth round stoppage of former champion Marco Huck (40-5-1, 27 KOs) to retain the WBO Jr. Heavyweight title.

Usyk will now have to face the winner of the September 30th clash between WBC champion Mairis Briedis and Mike Perez, which takes place in Latvia.

The tournament has been given to us by Comosa AG – a specifically created franchise, which has familiar names of Richard Schaefer and Sauerland Event behind it – is a play-off style tournament between the certain division’s best fighters. The tournament formula has previously proved to be successful in both long-time and short-period formats.

In round one, Usyk, 30 years old, stayed at the distance, using his excellent footwork to avoid long, lean power shots of the former WBO Jr. Heavyweight champion. Huck was reserved and fought behind his trademark high guard. Huck exploded during the last minute of the round, landing several hard shots on the gloves of Usyk, wisely attached to he back of his head, as the German tried to apply his well-known dirty tactics to distract the Ukrainian. Usyk retaliated with body shots.

The second saw the champion utilizing his potent southpaw jab to keep Huck at bay. The Kapt’n was powerful enough to make his way throw those connections but not enough power to trouble Usyk on the inside. The Ukrainian bombed Huck during the last minute of the round and hurt him at the ropes with several straight left hands. Usyk’s jab was at is prettiest in the third, as he peppered the veteran one-two-three more times. WBO #9 and TBRB #10 Huck tried straight right hands against the Ukrainian southpaw but landed few, as the champion perfectly controlled the distance, forcing the German to miss badly. Usyk exploded with short left power punches at the end of the round. Huck was pinned to the ropes and lucky not to go down after several clear landings.

Clinches appeared as a new weapon for Huck in the fourth. But to apply clinch you should be near your opponent, and Huck had increasingly harder time getting in throw major right jab of Usyk. The German landed a huge right hand to warn Usyk at the end of the second minute of the round, but the Ukrainian retaliated with hard damaging blows, once again pummeling the veteran fighter around the ring. Usyk was the boss of the fifth, as he kept stalking Huck and pinning him with big left hands. The challenger’s outbursts were scarce, producing little effect on his onrushing opponent. The end of the round saw Huck reeling, with the smiling Ukrainian landing one punch after another.

The sixth wasn’t a busy round for both. Usyk looked for a short pause, and Huck was battered enough where he was unable to produce meaningful offensive against the Ukrainian. However, in the seventh, the battering continued for the 32-year old German Bosnian, whose birth name is Muamer Hukic. Usyk was all over Huck during the last two minutes of the round, dealing damage to the German, playing with him, beating him to the punch.

The Battery continued into the eighth, as Usyk was once again all over Huck. Marco showed solid chin and will to withstand the champion’s attacks and to retaliate, though the counter fire was sparse. Usyk tried to went in for kill after landing a huge left bomb at the end of the round but he slipped, and the German immediately hit him with a right hand while Usyk was down. Referee Robert Byrd interrupted the action and deducted a point from Huck.

The Ukrainian continued to humiliate Huck in the ninth, and the German’s mild successes were becoming increasingly rare. Huck was landing punches below the beltline yet he was hurt several times in the ninth. Usyk mixed body shots and head punches to double the effect

The logic end of a one-sided beatdown was reached in the tenth round. Usyk applied a non-stop aggression towards Huck, missing almost zero punches and landing them at will. Huck, his face reddened, had been wobbling around the ring in pain for two minutes, before the referee finally waved it off at 2:50 of the tenth.–120335?print_friendly=1

04/08/2017 Oleksandr Usyk vs. Michael Hunter

Date:   Saturday, April 8, 2017


Location:   MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA

Promoter:  Top Rank / Bob Arum

Supervisor:   John Duggan, Esq.

Referee:  Bill Clancy,

Judges:   Dave Braslow (117-110), Lynne Carter (117-110), Jamie Garayua (117-110)

Results:  Oleksandr Usyk retained the WBO Jr. Heavyweight title with a pretty one-sided win tonight over Michael Hunter,  staying undefeated with an unanimous decision win.


Tom Loeffler: It’s time for Usyk to become a fan favorite

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By Przemek Garczarczyk –

Tom Loeffler, K2 managing director spoke with about the second US WBO title defense by Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk. Usyk (11-0, 10 KO) who will defend his title against undefeated Michael Hunter (12-0, 8 KO) and Gvozdyk-Gonzalez will be part of an April 8th HBO live telecast undercard on Vasyl Lomachenko – Jason Sosa WBO super featherweight title bout from MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

“Usyk has this X factor to excite fans. Similar to Chocolatito Gonzalez. Flyweights, super flyweights – these divisions weren’t getting a lot of attention. Especially in America. Because of his exciting style in the ring, his charisma outside it and exposure on HBO, Chocolatito became one of the fan’s favorites. Exactly the same thing can happen with Usyk – even without a lot of attention around cruiserweight division right now. Hopefully, with HBO’s help, we can bring the best cruiserweight fights to the US from Europe and Russia where most of the best fights are happening right now,” said Loeffler.

Q: Oleksandr Usyk, we all got the message that he’s the best cruiserweight in the world, his reign over belts is coming…but he likes to talk about fighting as a heavyweight. Kind of mixed message.

A: The other part is rather answering the question if he considers fighting as a heavyweight. Usyk clearly wants to unify all the titles in the cruiserweight division and whet timing is right he will consider becoming heavyweight. Because of his frame, talent, his technical skills and speed he can make a successful transition into heavyweight division. But first things first… 

Q: GGG all the belts plan, cruiserweight edition?

A: Absolutely. He just won a world title, beating the best cruiserweight in the world and breaking Evander Holyfield record. Even with these accomplishments, Usyk has still a lot more do. But, as we see with Golovkin, it’s not as easy to get all the title fights – even when you are ready to chase belts in guy’s back yard.

Q: I was a little underwhelmed with his US debut – especially the first part – of Thabiso Mchunu bout. Was Oleksandr a victim of his own – also ours – expectations? Were we wrong, expecting heavier version of Gennady Golovkin?

A: I don’t think so. It was simply a testament to Mchunu experience, his never easy to fight, slick and tricky southpaw style. He deserves credit – Mchunu stepped up to fight Usyk, when others said no. Even though it was a slow start for Usyk, he was still able to figure Mchunu out – and stop him. Michael Hunter is much more conventional style than Mchunu. He’s young, undefeated, has experience from being in the Olympics – definitely it will be a tough test for Usyk. Styles matchup in this fight will be definitely pleasing for the fans. Just like Oleksandr bout with Głowacki – and clearly at that time Głowacki was the best cruiserweight in the world. With only ten pro fights, he went to best champion home, Poland, and won unanimously. You can’t say enough how good he was there, on the champion home ring.

Q: In my 25+ years covering boxing in US, this is – at least – third attempt to resurrect cruiserweight division. Cunningham, Adamek, then Głowacki tried that, having great, sometimes spectacular fights on TV. It did not work. Now is Usyk time, with probably unprecedented list of great cruiserweights?

A: Usyk has this X factor to do it. No matter which division he’s in. Similar to Chocolatito Gonzalez. Flyweights, super flyweights – that divisions weren’t getting a lot of attention. Especially in America. Because of his exciting style in the ring, his charisma outside it and exposure on HBO, Chocolatito became one of the fans favorite. Exactly the same thing can happen with Usyk – even without a lot of attention around cruiserweight division right now. Hopefully, with HBO help, we can bring the best cruiserweights fights to US from Europe, Russia where most of the best fights are happening right now. This is such a deep division, in Europe, one of the most popular. Mairis Briedis from Latvia just became a new champion, there’s Murat Gassiev, Tony Bellew, Głowacki… there’s so many great fighters. Cruiserweights are always great athletes – big, with speed and big punch. Heavyweights, because they don’t make weight, you see a lot of them out of shape, not in the most exciting fights. There’s an extra pressure on cruiserweights, especially in America, because you have to stand out as a boxer. Just like it was on Chocolatito, who knew he can not bring boring fights to make people interested. He delivered.

Q: Times are changing. Vasyl Lomachenko challenged for world title in his just second professional fight, now, with less than ten fights, Loma is considered one of the best P4P fighters in the world. Usyk became universally recognized world champion in his 10 pro fight. Not long time ago, it was simply unthinkable.

A: Just like it was unthinkable to have three fighters from country other than US fighting as A-side on HBO tripleheader – it will happen this Saturday with Ukrainians Lomachenko, Usyk and Gvozdyk. Because they are talented, they have an exciting style. Fans recognize that. Back to your question: there’s a lot more attention – and acknowledgement – to fighters amateur careers. Both Lomachenko and Usyk were Olympic champions, had great amateur career. Transition from amateur to pro fighter becomes easy when you have amateur pedigree combined with punching power. GGG, Usyk – perfect examples. Usyk was build up by K2 Ukraine, was very popular, selling out big arenas even before he went to Poland and become world champion. Now, he’s successfully defending his title in America, on HBO… but he did not forgot his roots – as I understand, he’s ready for a big homecoming. Being from Crimea – is just part of his national pride. Usyk wants to come back and show his connection, prove to Ukrainian fans that he remembers their early support.

Q: Your personal cruiserweight TOP 5:

A: I think we can agree that Oleksandr Usyk is number 1. Number 2 – Murat Gassiev. Just 23 years old, he went to Moscow and beat very good Denis Lebedev. His age distinguishes Murat from anyone else. No big amateur career but training with Abel Sanchez, power he brings with him, sets Murat apart. Number 3-4, tie: you have look at Mairis Briedis and Tony Bellew. Tony always seems to be underrated and he always finds the way to win! I like him, we met through Eddie Hearn at WBC convention, he’s really likable guy. When I saw him standing next to David Haye, on the scales, at the weigh in, I was thinking: ‘Wow Eddie, it will be a tough fight…”. Number 5: Krzysztof Głowacki, because his win over Huck. He was very impressive with the way he knocked Marco out and he might have softened up Huck for Briedis. Lebedev is very close, but I think Głowacki is better under pressure. Very close. There’s also Yunier Dorticos, hearing good things about him, but he did not have any stand out wins – yet.

Usyk Aims For The Goal of Unifying Cruiserweight Division

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By Thomas Gerbasi

When he’s not punching someone in the face, Oleksandr Usyk can usually be found with a smile on his face, a joke coming out of his mouth, magic tricks, or maybe even a song bellowing out to the world. In the process, it’s made the WBO cruiserweight champion pretty popular these days.

“I’m already popular?” he asks through manager / translator Egis Klimas. “I’m surprised.”

He shouldn’t be. In a division that has always had good fighters but often fell short in terms of crossover potential and charisma, the 30-year-old Ukrainian is bringing new life to the cruiserweights. But as far as he’s concerned, he’s just being himself.

“If I am smiling, if I am laughing, that’s a true laugh and a true smile,” he said. “If I need to be serious, I am serious because I have to be serious at that point. Since I was a kid, I always was happy, I always was joking. I like jokes, I like comedy movies, I like to talk to people, and I just want to be myself. If I’m going to go to the fight, I am serious and I put my mind into it. If I need to be aggressive, I’ll be aggressive. But the most important thing for me is to be myself.”

This Saturday, the American introduction of Usyk continues with an HBO-televised title defense against fellow unbeaten Michael Hunter at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. In December, Usyk fought on U.S. shores for the first time as a pro, dispatching Thabiso Mchunu in nine rounds at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

It wasn’t a flawless performance like the kinds turned in from friend and fellow world champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko, but it was a fun fight to watch and one that made you want to see him again. This weekend, it’s time for him to build off that effort against another 2012 Olympian in Hunter.

On paper, it’s a marketable fight between two boxers with similar pro records, but Usyk’s 11-0 (10 KOs) looks a lot different than Hunter’s 12-0 (8 KOs) when it comes to quality of opposition. Then again, as Usyk points out, the past means nothing when they still have to fight on Saturday.

“Everybody has his own road and his own way,” he said. “He (Hunter) went that direction, I went this direction, and I can’t determine who had the harder or better amateur career. We will see on April 8th.”

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What does bear watching is if Usyk can continue to build his fan base here in the States, and with K2 Promotions and Klimas behind him, that’s a given if he keeps winning impressively. Of course, that doesn’t make the time away from his family back in Kiev any easier, but that is a price he’s willing to pay.

“I’m focusing on what I’m doing, and right now I’m focused on my fight on April 8th,” Usyk said. “If I’m going to be thinking about family or how hard it is to be here…this is my job. Everybody knows that I came here to do my job and that’s what I’m focused on. Of course, I think about my kids, I talk to them, and this is what gives me the motivation. I talk to my wife and my kids and I miss them, but I am here for the job. And as soon as it’s done, I’ll go back home and spend a lot of time with my family and we’re gonna laugh, joke and have a good time.”

First there’s work to be done, and with new trainer Russ Anber in the corner, Usyk is determined to dispatch Hunter and move on to the business everyone is asking him about, and that’s unifying the cruiserweight crown.

“I would like to unify the titles,” he said. “And if we can meet each other and find out who’s the best, who’s the real cruiserweight champion, that would be ideal.”

It also used to be a fairly easy task when there were three sanctioning bodies, but now with four “major” belts and some multiple titlists in particular organizations, Usyk can conceivably be looking at five fights to get through each belt holder. Add in promotional entanglements and the politics of making a unification fight, and it could be more trouble than it’s worth. But if it gets to that point, Usyk has no intention of dealing with such issues. He’ll simply accelerate his move to his final frontier – the heavyweight division.

“If it’s not gonna happen, it’s not gonna happen,” he said of cruiserweight unification. “I’m not going to be just waiting for someone to come here. I’ll move to the heavyweight division.”

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Photos: Oleksandr Usyk Arrives Home To a Hero’s Welcome

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk in Kiev

By Vadim Pushkin – WBO cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk (11-0, 9 KOs) arrived at the International airport Borispol of Kiev, Ukraine to a hero’s welcome. After his arrival, Usyk held press conference with the local media to discuss the future of his career.

Last Saturday night at The Forum in Los Angeles, Usyk made his American debut with a ninth round stoppage of Thabiso Mchunu (17-3, 11 KOs). It was Usyk introduction to the American audience as the fight was televised by HBO.

Usyk will make his return on March 18th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. That evening will be headlined by the highly anticipated middleweight fight between Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs. Both Golovkin and Usyk are promoted by K2 Promotions.

The fight will be the second defense for Usyk and his second appearance in the United States.

Usyk had some issues at the start of his first run on American soil, but eventually adjusted and then put Mchunu away.

“I’m very happy with my performance, he was awkward but I’m glad I was able to win by knockout,” said Oleksander Usyk. “Once I was able to find my range and throw combinations my power was too much for him.”

K2 Promotions head and former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko was sitting at ringside and watched the contest unfold. He was pleased with Usyk performance despite his issues in the early rounds.

“In these types of fights you gain experience. They are uncomfortable for a couple of rounds, but its the type of experience that makes you even better. I was very pleased with the fight. There were a lot of mistakes, but this is the kind of fight that raises you to another level,” Vitali Klitschko said.


Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk in Kiev

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk in Kiev

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk in Kiev

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk in Kiev

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk in Kiev

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk in Kiev

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk in Kiev

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk in Kiev

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk in Kiev–111972?print_friendly=1

12/17/2016 Oleksandr Usyk vs. Thabiso Mchunu

Date:   Saturday, December 17, 2016


Location:   Forum, Inglewood, California, USA

Promoter:   K-2 Promotions  – Tom Loeffler  / Main Events – Kathy Duva

Supervisor:  Genaro Rodriguez

Referee: Lou Morel

Judges: Jonathan Davis 79-72, Kermit Bayless 79-72 and Levi Martinez 77-74

Results: Oleksandr Usyk Won by KO round 9 of 12, time 1:53

TV: USA HBO, Panama Cable Onda Sports, Latin America: Canal Space

Krzysztof Glowacki vs. Oleksandr Usyk battle this Saturday

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By Allan Fox: Boxing fans are going to get a chance to see whether WBO Cruiserweight titlist Krzysztof Glowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) is for real or not when he defends his WBO title against #1 challenger Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs) this Saturday night at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.

Glowacki will be fighting at home in front of friendly audience but it might not help him, because Usyk appears to be the real thing. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine has the size, punching and the boxing ability to beat Glowacki in front of his own fans. Glowacki has won his last two fights on the road against Steve Cunningham and Marco Huck in the United States. 

The win over the 40-year-old Cunningham was expected, because that was just a voluntary defense and not expected to be a particularly competitive match. It ended up being a competitive fight, as Cunningham exposed Glowacki’s vulnerability in getting out-boxed.

Glowacki was fine when he was knocking Cuningham down four times in the fight. But when Glowacki wasn’t able to knock Cunningham down, he was losing the rounds due to him getting outworked and hit a lot. If Usyk is able to nail Glowacki as often as Cunningham and Huck did, then this fight won’t last very long. Glowacki gets hit too much and he can be hurt, as we saw in his fight against Huck.

“I feel terrific and I’m completely focused on winning the world championship,” Usyk said via “This was my next goal after winning the gold medal in 2012.”

The 6’3” Usyk has the height, reach and the superior defensive skills of the two. It’s not easy to hit Usyk without running into one of his hard left hands or powerful jabs. Glowacki is going to need to be a little more subtle in his attacking style of fighting, because he has a bad habit of telegraphing his shots. You can always tell when Glowacki is about to throw one of his big left hands, because he loads up and puts his entire body into the shot.

Usyk is always going to know when Glowacki is getting ready to land a shot because he’s going to telegraph his punches each. That’ll enable Usyk to step back to avoid the shot.


If Usyk can capture Glowacki’s World Boxing Organization title, he would become the quickest champion in the cruiserweight division’s history. Usyk has fought only nine times since turning pro several years ago after winning a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. This would be big news if Usyk can beat Glowacki in his home country. Usyk is going into the lion’s den in challenging for his WBO title. He might need a knockout to get out of there with Glowacki’s WBO title.

Glowacki appears to be a good cruiserweight, but he’s been beating flawed fighters in Huck and Cunningham. Huck held the WBO title for a number of years, but he was always a fairly primitive fighter who won his fights based off his raw power rather than his boxing skills, which you can argue are rudimentary.

Prediction: Usyk by 6th round knockout over Glowacki.

Glowacki, Usyk Make Weight Ahead of Cruiserweight Title Tilt


By Jake Donovan

Krzysztof Glowacki and Oleksandr Usyk both made weight ahead of their highly anticipated title clash, the latest in a continued series of thrilling bouts in the current state of the cruiserweight division.

Both came within the 200 lb. division limit; Glowacki tipped the scales at 199.3 lbs., while Usyk checked in at a shredded 198.75 lbs. for their headliner Saturday evening at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.

Glowacki (26-0, 16KOs) will attempt the second defense of the cruiserweight title he annexed in thrilling – and violent fashion – with an 11th round knockout of Marco Huck last August. The Fight of the Year-level war saw both boxers hit the canvas, with Glowacki rallying to score a knockdown and stoppage, thus leaving Huck tied with Johnny Nelson for the most successful title defenses in boxing history.

The 30-year old southpaw retained his title with a 12-round win over Steve Cunningham this past April in Brooklyn, New York. Saturday’s bout will mark his first in his native Poland as a reigning champion.

Usyk (9-0, 9KOs) has been a knockout every time out since entering the pro ranks, but enters by far the toughest challenge of his young career. The unbeaten southpaw twice represented Ukraine in the Olympics, losing in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Beijing Games to Clemente Russo before avenging the loss in capturing Olympic gold four years later in London.

The 29-year old has been matched aggressively since his pro debut in Nov. ’13, with all 10 career opponents (including Glowacki) boasting at least twice as many fights. His lone setback, however, has been inactivity, having not fought since last December. He was due to take on a stay-busy bout in April, but was forced to withdraw due to injury.

With the mandated title fight versus Glowacki on the horizon, Usyk opted to sit on the sidelines in lieu of pursuing an interim bout.

The scheduled 12-round battle will air live via free and legal webcast on Klowd TV.–108826?print_friendly=1

Glowacki vs. Usyk – Live Stream Information


San Diego, CA – Undefeated WBO Cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki will make the 2nd defense of his title this Saturday when he takes on undefeated Oleksandr Usyk in a highly anticipated bout that will be streamed live and exclusively in the United States on at 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT

This fight, along with all content on is free for the month of September.

The bout will take place at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, will feature two of the best cruiserweights in the world as they will risk their unblemished marks.

“We are elated to be able to pick up this bout and be able to show it to the fans in the United States,” said Chris Schickedanz, Directing manager  of

“This fight has been mentioned by many of fans around the world as a can’t miss fight and has been the chatter of a lot of the boxing message boards.  With fight’s like this and next weekend’s Lightweight championship bout between Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares, will become the hub of boxing on the internet.

“We are committed to bringing the best fights from all over the globe to the great boxing fans of America.  We are equally as excited to bring these fights for no extra charge and we look forward to providing these types of fights going forward.” is FREE for the month of September and will carry price of just $7.99 per month.  The service currently showcases 15 networks which includes AWE, OANN, The Fight Network, Fantasy Sports Network and GOLTV.

Glowacki of Walcz, Poland has a record of 26-0 with 16 knockouts.

He won the WBO Cruiserweight title with a stunning knockout of longtime champion Marco Huck in what was a 2015 “Fight of the Year” finalist.  He followed that win up with a 12-round unanimous decision over classy two-time world champion Steve Cunningham on April 16th in Brooklyn, New York.

Usyk of Kiev, Ukraine is 9-0 with nine knockouts and is considered one of if not the top prospect in the sport.

After capturing the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal, the 29 year-old Usyk has blown through his professional competition as he has stopped every man who has stepped in the ring with him.  In his last bout, Pedro Rodriguez (22-1) was Usyk’s victim as he succumbed to Usyk’s fury in the seventh round on December 12, 2015 in Kiev.–108787?print_friendly=1

Glowacki: I have my health, strength and will…I have everything!



By Przemek Garczarczyk

WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “The Head” Głowacki, who will defend his belt this Saturday at the ERGO Arena in Gdańsk, Poland, against the undefeated and feared Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs), was all smiles at today’s open training. “I have my health, strength and will. I have everything needed to beat Usyk and keep my belt. Losing the title is not an option,” said ‘The Head,’ who showed a lot more confidence than Usyk did 24 hours earlier. Głowacki’s trainer Fiodor Lapin, who prefers to keep everything under wraps with his world champion, went almost 10 minutes of full pads in front of cameras…and the watchful eye of Usyk’s trainer James Ali Bashir.

Around hundred fans who found their way into a small boxing gym in Gdynia, got a bonus: open training of 6’7 heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk (32-1, 18 KOs), who on the Polsat Boxing Night Głowacki-Usyk undercard will face Albert Sosnowski (49-7, 30 KOs)

09/17/2016 Krzysztof Glowacki vs. Oleksandr Usyk

Date:   Saturday, September 17, 2016


Location:   Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland

Promoter:  Warriors Boxing – Leon Margules / K-2 Ukraine – Alexander Krassyuk






Photos: Krzysztof Glowacki vs. Oleksandr Usyk Press Conference


Earlier this year, the World Boxing Organization ordered WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki (26-0, 16KOs) to make a mandatory title defense against challenger Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9KOs) of Ukraine.

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The fight was officially announced on Wednesday at a press conference in Poland, with a finalized date of September 17 with a 15,000 seat Ergo Arena in Gdansk playing host for the fight.

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This past April at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Glowacki made a voluntary defense against former IBF champion Steve Cunningham. He scored four knockdowns on route to a twelve round unanimous decision win.

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Uysk, an Olympic gold medal winner, is being fast-tracked to the belt and wants to face the champion sooner than later. He was due to take an interim-fight to stay busy, but suffered an injury in camp and now hears straight to a world title shot.

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Glowacki captured the world title last August with a knockout victory over longtime champion Marco Huck of Germany. He suffered some injuries to his hand and elbow during the contest and required surgery.

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May 27, 2016

Krzysztof Glowacki c/o Leon Margules, Warriors Boxings

Oleksandr Usyk c/o Alexander Krassyuk, K2 Promotions Ukraine




As per Section 11 through 13 (enclosed) of the WBO Regulations for World Championship Contest (, please be advised that a purse bid will be held at 11:00 AM ET on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the:

Affinia Hotel-Manhattan NYC

371 7th Ave.

New York, NY 10001

Ph.: +1 212 563-1800

The minimum acceptable bid for the Junior Heavyweight Division is $300,000.00 (Three Hundred Thousand Dollars).

Any additional information, please visit our website at or contact the WBO main office.

Yours truly,

Batista Salas signature

Luis Batista Salas, Esq.

cc  Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.



TO:                  ALL BONA FIDE PROMOTERS



 DATE: MAY 27, 2016


                           KRZYSTOF GLOWACKI vs. OLEKSANDR USYK

As per Section 11 through 13 of the WBO Regulations for World Championship Contest (, please be advised that a purse bid will be held at 11:00 AM ET on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at:

Affinia Hotel-Manhattan

NYC, 371 7th Ave. 

New York, NY 10001

Ph.: +1 (212) 563-1800

The minimum acceptable bid for the WBO Junior Heavyweight Division is $300,000.00 (Three Hundred Thousand Dollars).

WBO President Francisco Valcárcel will preside.



April 18, 2016

Krzysztof Glowacki c/o Leon Margules

Oleksandr Usyk c/o Alexander Krassyuk

Re: WBO Jr. Heavyweight Championship Bout Krzysztof Glowacki vs. Oleksandr Usyk


Please be advised the parties have 30 days to negotiate an agreement for the WBO Jr. Heavyweight Championship bout between Krzysztof Glowacki and Oleksandr Usyk. If an accord is not reached within the time frame, a Purse Bid will be ordered.

The minimum acceptable bid for the Jr. Heavyweight division is $300,000.00 (Three Hundred Thousand Dollars).

Any one of the parties involved may call for a Purse Bid at any time during the negotiation process.

Yours truly,

Signed by:  Luis Batista Salas, Esq., Chairman WBO Championship Committee

cc  Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.


New Faces: Oleksandr Usyk

Usyk-action_Rose-BongartsOleksandr Usyk (left) exchange punches with Ben Nsafoah during their cruiserweight fight at Koenig-Pilsner Arena on April 26, 2014 in Oberhausen, Germany. Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

Vital Statistics:
Hometown: Simferopol, Ukraine
Weight class: Cruiserweight
Height / reach: 6-3 (190 cm)/ 75 inches (193 cm)
Amateur record: 335-15
Turned pro: 2013
Pro record: 4-0, 4 knockouts
Trainer(s): James Bashir, Sergey Vatamanyuk (assistant)
Manager: Alexander Krassyuk
Promoter: K2 Promotions Ukraine
Twitter: @OleksandrUsyk

Best night of pro career: Since turning pro Usyk has moved relatively quickly, fighting two scheduled six rounders followed by two eight rounders, with all four fights ending inside the distance.

The 2012 Olympic gold medallist is happy with all of his fights to date but picks out his most recent fight as the one that he feels was his best so far.

“I like all four,” Usyk told through Yulia Diachenko of K2 Promotions Ukraine. “Maybe my last fight against Argentinean Cesar David Crenz was the best ’cause I precisely followed all directives of my coaches James Ali Bashir and Sergiy Vatamanyuk during whole fight.

“As a result I brutally finished Crenz by perfect body punch in the fifth round and that was exactly such outcome as we planned before the fight.”

Worst night of pro career: 
With four wins against steadily improving competition it’s hard to find fault with any of the big southpaw’s performances at this point.

“I think everyone of my pro-fights was decent so far ’cause I put all my heart into every fight when I came into the ring,” said Usyk.

Next fight: 
Usyk isn’t wasting time. He steps up to the 12-round distance when he faces South African puncher Daniel Bruwer (24-5-1, 21 knockouts) for an intercontinental cruiserweight title on Saturday.The bout takes place outdoors at the Arena Lviv Stadium, where an estimated 30,000 fans are expected to attend the event.

“I saw a couple of Bruwer’s fights,” said the 27 year old. “My future opponent is a big and physically strong guy who has a fine record and some boxing skills. I think that he is a decent rival.”

His trainer James Ali Bashir, who was the assistant trainer to Emanuel Steward at the Kronk gym for 17 years, is respectful of Bruwer.

“Daniel Bruwer is a guy that’s coming to fight, that’s coming to win and I respect his ability,” said Bashir. “I’ve observed his fights and he’s durable and he’s going to try to win. So we’re preparing for the best possible Daniel Bruwer that anybody could possibly bring.

“We’re looking to stop Bruwer, we don’t anticipate it’ll be easy but we’ll find a way.”

Why he’s a prospect: 
The gifted Ukrainian entered the pro game following a stellar amateur career that culminated in winning gold at the 2012 Olympics in London in the heavyweight (201-pound) class.

Usyk also won gold at the 2011 world championships as well as the 2008 European championships.

The amateur standout fought in the WSB (World Series of Boxing) for the Ukrainian team “Ukraine Otamans” as a super heavyweight. He became vice-champion in the third WSB season, winning all his fights, going 6-0, scoring 2 knockouts.

Usyk holds amateur wins over Clemente Russo, Artur Beterbiyev, Tervel Pulev (Kubrat Pulev’s younger brother) and Teymur Mammadov amongst others. AIBA picked Usyk as the best boxer in the world in 2012.

Last year his manager Alexander Krassyuk brought Usyk to Wladimir Klitschko’s training camp for a few days. After working with Usyk, Bashir was so excited at the prospect of working with him he told Krassyuk “I would even fly to the moon to work with this guy and make his a champion.”

Bashir would later say at a press conference announcing Usyk’s fight with Bruwer “In my mind Oleksandr is the next best thing in boxing, especially in the cruiserweight division.”

Despite Bashir and Usyk not speaking the same language they are able to understand each other and work well together.

Former heavyweight champion, Vitali Klitschko, one half of the K2 Promotional company expects big things from the fighter.

“I’m sure that Oleksandr has huge charisma and great boxing skills to make Ukrainian people and boxing fans all over the world enjoy his fights for a long time,” the elder Klitschko said in a prepared statement. “His fervour, energy and purposefulness will definitely bring him to the top of the world in pro boxing.”

Why he’s a suspect: At this stage there appear no obvious weaknesses. Usyk has taken to the professional game like a duck to water. However, it will be interesting to see how he deals with the pace of a 12-round fight against the more seasoned Bruwer. It’s not something that he appears unduly concerned about.

“Physically I’m ready to go not even 10 but 20 rounds,” said Usyk.

As with every boxer, Usyk knows he needs to work on the subtleties and nuances of the pro game.

“Right now we try to increase power and the amount of my punches,” he said. “And improve the work of right hand (He’s a southpaw). Also we work on my footwork to improve my ability to cut the space off during my attacks.”

Story lines: Usyk was born in Simferopol City (the capital of Crimea), Ukraine, and still lives there with his family. He took up boxing at 15.

“Before my first visit to a boxing gym I played soccer and was good in that sport,” he commented. “But soccer equipment was too expensive in my country so my family wasn’t rich enough to continue to support me playing soccer.”

He needed something to do and traded in his football boots for boxing gloves.

“I decided to go into boxing gym soon ’cause you don’t need too expensive equipment for being a boxer,” said Usyk. “On the other hand, I previously knew that I definitely can fight because of many winning street fights which I was involved in during my boyhood.

“So I started to visit boxing gym and realized soon that I definitely have huge potential to be successful in this sport.”

When Usyk decided to turn pro, he travelled the globe with fellow Ukrainian star Vasyl Lomachenko, the two spoke with many promoters. While Lomachenko signed with Top Rank, Usyk elected to go with K2 Promotions.

The extremely popular Usyk is thought of as the heir to the Klitschkos’ throne. He has sponsorship with MTC (one of two biggest Ukrainian mobile companies) and was the brand face of Gillette Fusion Proglide.

He shares a birthday with his favorite boxer Muhammad Ali.

Roughly one month after the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation Usyk declared (on April 28) he would never exchange his Ukrainian citizenship for a Russian one and that he still considered Crimea a part of Ukraine.

He’s married to Yekaterina (Catherine in English), who he has known since their school years. They have two children Yelizaveta (Elizabeth in English) who’s five and Kirill who was born last year. Usyk has tattoos of their names on the shoulders.



Dec.14- Epifanio Mendoza – TKO4

Nov. 9 – Felipe Romero – TKO5


May 31 Cesar David Crenz – KO4

Apr. 26 Ben Nsafoah – KO3