Usyk to Fight Witherspoon in Heavyweight Debut
In his career 41 fights, American Chazz Witherspoon won 38 of them, with 29 by knockout
In his heavyweight boxing debut, Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk’s will face American Chazz Witherspoon.
The fight will be in Chicago on Oct. 12, promoter Eddie Hearn announced on Twitter.
. @dazn_usa FIGHT WEEK in Chi-Town!Huge night on Saturday as @usykaa makes his heavyweight debut, @bivol_d defends his World title, local hero @jaydi_mac for the unified World titles & @_anthonysimsjr @tjdoheny @Othajones3rd @Reshatmati1 & more! 🔥 @wintrustarena @skysportsboxing pic.twitter.com/pXrDiVT61p
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 8, 2019
In his career 41 fights, Witherspoon won 38 of them, with 29 of them by knockout.
“I can’t wait to face Usyk. Oleksandr is stepping up to heavyweight – and he’s going to find out that it’s a totally different game,” Witherspoon told the BBC. “I have been in training ready for a big fight, and it doesn’t get bigger than this.”
The 32-year-old Usyk’s last fight was last year. He defeated British boxer Tony Bellew, who challenged Usyk for all four of the Ukrainian’s world cruiserweight titles.
Usyk has reigned as the undisputed cruiserweight champion from July 2018 until he vacated his titles in March 2019, being the first cruiserweight in history to hold all four major world championships—the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles. Most recently, he was named the “Best Foreign Fighter” by the British Boxing Control Council.
Dutch boxer Tyrone Spong had been the first one scheduled to fight Usyk but failed a doping test.