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Usyk Biography

Ukranian Boxer

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Biography

Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Usyk (born 17 January 1987), widely known as Oleksandr Usyk, is a remarkable professional boxer hailing from Ukraine. He has achieved multiple world championships in two weight classes, including the unified heavyweight titles and the Ring magazine title. As a highly-regarded figure in Ukrainian boxing, Usyk has made significant contributions to the sport both as an amateur and professional boxer.

Usyk
Full Name Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Usyk
Born January 17, 1987 (age 37)
Nationality Ukranian
Occupation Boxer
Relationship Status Single
Education Lviv State University
Awards 2018 Fighter of the Year
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Early Life

  • Oleksandr Usyk was born on 17 January 1987 in Simferop ol, Crimean Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union.
  • His parents originally came from the northern region of Ukraine.
  • Usyk is the firstborn in his family and has two siblings.
  • Until the age of 15, he was trained in football at the SC Tavriya Simferopol specialized sports school of Olympic reserve.
  • In 2002, he switched to boxing.

Education

  • Usyk graduated from Lviv State University of Physical Culture.

Career

Amateur Career

  • Usyk won his first three matches at the 2006 European Championships but was defeated in the semi-final.
  • In 2008, he won the Strandja Cup after moving up to light-heavyweight.
  • During the 2008 Olympic Games, he outpointed Yushan Nijiati but lost to Clemente Russo in the quarter-final.
  • He won gold at the 2008 European Championships after dropping down to light-heavyweight.
  • He achieved the heavyweight title at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships and qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  • Usyk retired from amateur boxing with a record of 335−15.

Professional Career

  • Usyk turned professional in 2013 at the age of 26.
  • He held the undisputed cruiserweight championship from 2018 to 2019, being the first boxer in that division to hold all four major world titles.
  • He was named the 2018 Fighter of the Year by Sports Illustrated, ESPN, The Ring, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.
  • In 2018, Usyk became the fourth male boxer in history to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO titles.
  • He vacated his cruiserweight titles in 2019 to move up to heavyweight.
  • In September 2021, Usyk defeated unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to win the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles.

Awards and Nominations

  • Usyk won the heavyweight gold medals at the 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympics.
  • He won the Muhammad Ali Trophy, as well as the Ring and lineal cruiserweight titles during the inaugural World Boxing Super Series.
  • Usyk was recognized as the 2018 Fighter of the Year by Sports Illustrated, ESPN, The Ring, and the Boxing Writers Association of America

Personal Life

  • Usyk’s father was a military man who passed through Afghanistan, working as a security guard in Crimea, and his mother worked in construction and moved to Simferopol to study.
  • As of August 2022, Usyk is ranked as the world’s best active boxer, pound for pound, by The Ring.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleksandr_Usyk 

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