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    World Boxing Super Series: Oleksandr Usyk stops Marco Huck to defend title - BBC Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk defended his WBO cruiserweight title with a stoppage win over Marco Huck in the opening World Boxing Super Series bout, according to BBC.
    UNIAN 10 Sept 2017

    The Ukraine fighter looked stronger and better conditioned throughout and a relentless flurry of punches saw Huck stopped on his feet in the 10th round, the BBC reports.

    The power of Usyk's punches often forced his German opponent backwards and at times Huck looked fatigued as rounds wore on. His rival though remained solid, taking the center of the ring and showing patience throughout as he dominated.
    Huck survived punishment late in the seventh as Usyk landed a straight left and a hook in the corner, while in the eighth he landed two crisp left hands before going down under a low blow which saw Huck docked a point.

    In the 10th Usyk worked his rival around the ring, exerting pressure with combinations as Huck opted to simply cover up. The 32-year-old had tried to throw counter-punches in reply when troubled in previous rounds but with little to offer, referee Robert Byrd ended the contest. https://www.unian.info/society/21251...title-bbc.html

    Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/society/21251...title-bbc.html

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    Oleksandr Usyk formally relinquishes WBA Cruiserweight title media
    UNIAN 14:08, 28 March 2019 Ukraine

    The move was expected, as Usyk is already planning for his heavyweight debut, which will take place May 18 at a yet-to-be-revealed venue in Chicago.

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    Oleksandr Usyk has officially taken the first step towards the end of his reign atop the cruiserweight division. The unbeaten World 200-pound king has officially vacated his World Boxing Association "Super" cruiserweight title, the move coming on the eve of a scheduled purse bid hearing for a mandatory title defense versus former titlist Denis Lebedev, BoxingScene.com wrote. "[Oleksandr] Usyk relinquishes WBA Cruiserweight title to fight in heavyweights [sic]," Alex Krassyuk, Usyk's longtime manager confirmed through social media channels on Wednesday.

    The move was expected, as Usyk (16-0, 12KOs) universally hailed as the 2018 Fighter of the Year is already planning for his heavyweight debut, which will take place May 18 at a yet-to-be-revealed venue in Chicago, Ill. The opponent also hasn't yet been formally announced, although veteran contender Carlos Takam remains the leading candidate. Despite now being out of a fight with the reigning cruiserweight king, Lebedev (32-2, 23KOs) will potentially reclaim his old belt presumably without stepping foot in the ring. The 39-year old Russian held the WBA 200-pound title for nearly five years until taking an extended ring break following a July '17 win over Mark Flanagan. His 14-month ring absence was accompanied with the distinction of being named "Champion in Recess", which entitled him to a direct shot at his old title at his choosing. Two comeback fights came of Lebedev's return last fall, followed by his waiting out a shot at Usyk, who became just the fifth boxer ever to claim undisputed status in the four-belt era (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO) following a 12-round whitewash of Murat Gassiev last July.

    The win earned Usyk top honors in the inaugural World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament, a bracket that saw all four unbeaten cruiserweight titlists participate. Usyk hit the road for all three of his bouts, including title unification wins over previously undefeated Mairis Briedis in Latvia and Gassiev in Russia. It was right in line with his very first title win, traveling to Poland to dethrone then-unbeaten champ Krzysztof Glowacki in Sept. '16. Usyk's most recent and last-ever cruiserweight title defense came last November, traveling to England where he knocked out former titlist Tony Bellew in eight rounds to cap his Fighter of the Year campaign. Even though Usyk has now given up his Super cruiserweight title, assigning a vacant title fight isn't quite as easy even with the WBA's flair for creating belts. The "Super" title is a distinction granted more so than an actual title for which to contend, unlike the "Regular" and "Interim" titles which are already at stake in a mid-May title consolidation clash between Beibut Shumenov and Arsem Goulamiriam. The more likely scenario will be for Lebedev to instead be reinstated as "Super" cruiserweight champion a move that sounds ridiculous in theory but is actually consistent in accordance with current WBA policy.

    Official action has yet to be taken with any of the other three sanctioning bodies IBF, WBC, WBO whose titles are still in Usyk's possession. Glowacki and Brieidis are currently scheduled to meet for the WBO interim cruiserweight title on June 15, with a potential upgrade forthcoming should Usyk elect to vacate that belt as well by that point.

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    Ukraine's boxer Oleksandr Usyk beats Tony Bellew
    Usyk has retained IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO cruiserweight belts.
    UNIAN 02:27, 11 November 2018

    Ukraine's boxer Oleksandr Usyk has produced a stunning finish in the eighth round at Manchester Arena and beaten Tony Bellew in the fight for the title of the world's absolute boxing champion.

    The fight ended with a jab with a brutal left hook after which the Briton was unable to get back to his feet.

    It was a very hard fight for both when the two boxers exchanged strong blows for all the seven rounds, but the Ukrainian calmly withstood Bellew's solid counter-punching.

    The eighth round was decisive. "This was Bellew's last fight. Thirty wins, three losses, one draw. The Liverpool fighter will go down as a folk hero in British boxing and gave every ounce of skill, effort, heart and desire against a champion who is already rated in the top five pound-for-pound in the sport, and looks destined to go on to be one of the great champions the sport has produced. The victory eluded Tony Bellew, but it was a proud finish to a great career," The Telegraph commented on the event.

    Usyk has retained IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO cruiserweight belts, as well as The Ring Magazine belt.

    UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/society/10332...ny-bellew.html

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