After unifying and dominating the cruiserweight division in 2018, Oleksandr Usyk’s climb to heavyweight dominance has been stalled.
After plans for a heavyweight debut against Carlos Takam were stalled in May due to a torn bicep, a rescheduled fight between the two seems to have fallen through.
Per Boxing Scene, Takam has fallen out as the top choice for Usyk’s heavyweight debut on a card planned for October 12th at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago.
“That fight’s not done yet. We were looking at it but he signed with Joe DeGuardia,” promoter Eddie Hearn said of Takam, who signed with Star Boxing recently. “I’m not sure that fight is going to take place.”
With that being said, what will Usyk do in his heavyweight debut, as he is the WBO “super” champion, meaning he can lock in a mandatory title defense against the heavyweight champion (currently Andy Ruiz Jr.).
If Usyk does cash in that opportunity, he needs to wait until early 2020, as Ruiz is set to defend against former champion Anthony Joshua this December in Saudi Arabia.
Initial Report: Boxing Scene