Former unified world cruiserweight champion, Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, will debut as a heavyweight against the undefeated American, Tyrone Spong (14-0 13 KOs), on October 12 at the “Wintrust Arena” in Chicago, Illinois, in a combat that It will be broadcast by DAZN.
The 2018 Fighter of the Year, Oleksandr Usyk, will fight for the first time in 2019 and for the first occasion as a heavyweight. For Usyk (16-0, 12 knockouts) this moment comes almost five months later than planned.
For the 2012 Olympic gold medalist of Ukraine, his return to the ring will mark his first fight, after knocking out Tony Bellew in the eighth round last November. This victory was the pinnacle of a fantastic campaign in 2018, where the Ukrainian champion won the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament and unified the four world titles of the 200-pound division, after defeating Marco Huck , Mairis Briedis and Murat Gassiev.
Tyrone Sponge, 33, will arrive to the fight after defending his WBC Latino title last December, defeating Ytalo Perea.