Ukrainian-born professional boxer Oleksandr Usyk has ruled as the incomparable champion in cruiserweight since July 2018 and was the first boxer ever to win all the major championships in cruiserweight. Among the four most important titles are the IBF title and WBA (Unified), the WBC title, which he won in January 2018, and the WBO title, which is his title since 2016.
The boxing champion won three of the four titles at the opening of the World Boxing Super Series, where he also won the Muhammad Ali special trophy. Usyk is also the current owner of the titles Ruler and Ring Magazine. This remarkable achievement has not only made him popular but also aroused the curiosity of fans and stakeholders who want to know more about the boxer. This brings us to the frequently asked question:
Who is Oleksandr Usyk? Brief Bio
The professional boxing champion is the youngest boxer in the male category to hold all four boxing titles simultaneously since Terence Crawford performed this feat in 2017. With this amazing record, Usyk joins the league of four other boxers in history who have won this title in the past, after Crawford, Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor and Cecilia Brækhus. He set a boxing record by winning the undisputed champion in his 15th professional fight, which made him the first undisputed champion from his home country Ukraine. Oleksandr Usyk left behind outstanding records in his years as an amateur when he won gold in the heavyweight class at both the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2012 Boxing World Championships.
He was born on January 17, 1987, as Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Usyk in Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR. The boxer, nicknamed “The Cat” for his speed and agility, is a Ukrainian national and lives in Kiev, Ukraine. He owes his education to the Lviv State University of Physical Culture, where he graduated. Not much is known about his origin and educational background, but his records show that he did not pull the leash of boxing during his formative years. Instead, he played association football until the age of 15 and completed football training at the Special Sports School of SC Tavriya Simferopol of the Olympic Reserve, the football academy of his club. In 2002 the former footballer turned to boxing.
During his amateur period he fought in the 2006 European Championship and won his first three games against his opponents, but finally lost in the semi-final against the Russian boxer Matvey Korobov. Usyk advanced to the lightweight class and won the Strandia Cup in 2008. In February 2008 he reached the next weight class, which led to his being sent to the Olympic qualifying round in Roseto Degli Abruzzi, where he was to replace the European champion Denys Poyatsyka. Subsequently, he defeated Daniel Price and ElchinAlizade, who were both boxers in the word class.
At the 2008 Olympic Games, Oleksandr Usyk lost 4:7 to Clemente Russo and won 23:4 against Yushan Nijiati. He later relegated to the light heavyweight division, won gold at the 2008 European Championships, and later rose to the heavyweight division. At the 2011 Amateur Boxing World Championships, he defeated Teymur Mammadov and Artur Beterbiev and won the heavyweight title, which in turn qualified him for the Olympic Games. He achieved another great achievement at the 2012 Olympic Games in London when he defeated the Italian Clemente Russo, Artur Beterbiev, and TervelPulev to win the gold medal. Usyk became a professional in 2013.
His overall boxing record, which culminated in a total of 15 fights with 15 wins, is simply impressive and earned him the ranking of the world’s best active cruiserweight by Ring Magazine, ESPN, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB), and BoxRec in the month of July 2018.
The left-hander, who set a professional record of 9:1 with an extraordinary record of 100% knockout, currently enjoys the rank of the fourth-best active boxer in the world, pound for pound from the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and also from The Ring. ESPN and BoxRex have ranked him eighth and seventh respectively.
Family – Wife, Kids
There is not much information about the family background of the famous boxer, but according to what we could gather from his available records, he is married to Kateryna Usyk. The couple has three children born in 2009, 2013, and 2015. Although their genders are not known, one of their children is named Yelizaveta Usyk.
Body Stats – Height, Weight
Oleksandr Usyk is one of the greatest in boxing. He stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches, which is about 1.90 m. The professional boxer has a left-handed stance with a reach of 198cm or 78 inches. He has a proportional weight of 90 kg.