Oleksandr Usyk Faces Tyrone Spong on Heavyweight Debut at the Wintrust Arena
Oleksandr Usyk (16-0 12 KOs) joins the big guns, having dominated the Cruiserweight division and leaving the 200lbs scene as the undisputed champion after knocking out Tony Bellew in Manchester in November, his first fight in a multi-fight deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing USA. Usyk will face Tyrone Spong on his Heavyweight debut at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago on October 12.
That win for the Ukrainian 2012 Olympic king was a remarkable fourth in a row in hostile territory, having won the first Cruiserweight installment of the World Boxing Super Series by beating Marco Huck, Mairis Breidis and Murat Gassiev in their backyards, unifying the division in two of those fights to lead to his clinical win in England.
The 33-year-old Florida-based contender can make a huge statement in the Windy City and risks his #4 rating with the WBO to take on Usyk. The Surinamese-Dutchman was taken the distance for the first time in Suriname where he successfully defended his WBO and WBC Latino titles against Ytalo Perea in December, and comes into the bout on the back of a 13th KO win from 14 fights, with a second round victory in Mexico on Saturday.
Spong joined the sweet science after leaving a stellar kickboxing career behind, winning 91 of his 100 bouts in a 13-year career littered with accolades and titles before officially retiring from kickboxing in April 2016 after his last bout in December 2014, turning pro in the boxing ring in March 2015.
Tickets are on sale now for Usyk vs. Spong, with a stacked undercard to be released imminently. Tickets start at $40 plus booking fees. Groups of 10 or more will also receive 10% off at the $40 and $60 ticket prices, and can be purchased at https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/070057139FF02C5D. For more information, please visit www.matchroomboxing.com.
Date & Time
October 12, 2019
5:00PM - 12:00AM