CHICAGO – Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk makes his 2019 and heavyweight debut on Saturday night when he takes on late replacement Chazz Witherspoon from the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, live on DAZN.
Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) had been set to battle former kickboxing star Tyrone Spong in the main event of the show. But on Monday night, it was revealed that Spong tested positive for the banned substance clomiphene.
The 32-year-old Usyk put himself on the map and in the conscience of boxing fans when he stormed through the World Boxing Super Series by defeating Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis and Murat Gassiev to not only win the tournament and the Muhammad Ali trophy but also become the first undisputed champion at cruiserweight in the four-belt era. Usyk put all four belts on the line in his last fight in November and nearly knocked Tony Bellew out of the ring to retain all four championships.
Witherspoon (38-3, 29 KOs) is most known for being the second cousin of former WBA and WBC heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon. But he hasn’t been in a notable fight since a third-round TKO loss to Seth Mitchell in April 2012. Coming off of the setback, the 38-year-old has strung together eight consecutive wins against mediocre competition. In his last bout, Witherspoon beat Santander Silgado by stoppage.
Can Witherspoon pull off a monumental upset? Or does Usyk do what everyone expects him to do and inch closer to a marquee fight in 2020?
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– The theory among some boxing pundits is that Oleksandr Usyk isn’t big enough to compete at heavyweight. Count WBC titlist Deontay Wilder in on the assessment.
– Not many have been to make a successful leap from cruiserweight to heavyweight. Here’s a look at how former undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield set the path for Usyk.
– Don’t know how to watch Usyk vs. Witherspoon? Everything you need to know is right here.
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