Oleksandr Usyk is poised to take the heavyweight division by storm. We round up his 10 best wins so far
1. MURAT GASSIEV (UD 12)
In the WBSS final, Usyk put in a masterful performance
against the undefeated Gassiev in the Russian’s home nation. The Ukrainian’s
victory saw him become the undisputed cruiserweight king.
2. TONY BELLEW (RSF 8)
In defence of his undisputed crown, Usyk travelled to
the UK to take on an in-form Bellew. The contest was a close one until the southpaw
marvel produced a stunning stoppage to end matters in style.
3. MAIRIS BRIEDIS (MD
Usyk unified his WBO title with Briedis’ WBC belt by conquering
the Latvian on his own turf. Prior to this bout, Briedis had never tasted
defeat, but Usyk spoiled his spotless résumé in an enthralling encounter.
4. KRZYSZTOF GLOWACKI (UD 12)
Up against Glowacki in the Pole’s native land, Usyk
secured his first world championship – the WBO strap – by coming out on top
over the distance. It was the first loss that Glowacki had experienced.
5. MICHAEL HUNTER (UD 12)
Another fighter had his perfect record snapped in his own
country when Usyk got the better of Hunter in America to retain his WBO title. Hunter
has since gone on to establish himself as a contender up at heavyweight.
6. MARCO HUCK (RSF 10)
Boxing in Huck’s backyard in Germany, Usyk kept hold of
his WBO belt by overwhelming the former long-reigning champion. Huck was past
his peak at the time, but it was an impressive win nonetheless.
7. THABISO MCHUNU (KO 9)
A significant player in the cruiser ranks, Mchunu was
Usyk’s opponent in what was the 2012 Olympic gold medallist’s opening world
title defence. The Kiev maestro held on to his WBO crown with an emphatic
8. CHAZZ WITHERSPOON (RTD 7)
On his official heavyweight debut, Usyk – weighing in
at 215 pounds – systematically broke down veteran American Witherspoon in the
US to send out a warning to the big guns in the sport’s glamour division.
9. JOHNNY MULLER (RSF 3)
In only his eighth outing, Usyk made short work of the
rugged Muller, who was coming off successes over notable names in Kevin Lerena
and Mateusz Masternak. It was a ranking-boosting victory.
10. DANIE VENTER (RSF 9)
Just over a year after turning professional, Usyk was given a useful test by 2000 Olympian Venter. The seasoned slugger made it to the penultimate round before being forced out by Usyk’s spiteful skills.