By Mark Elezaj
Oleksandr Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) has his sights set on taking over the heavyweight division.
It was announced on Friday that Usyk will face Carlos Takam (36-5-1, 28 KOs) on May 25th at the MGM Grand Harbor in Maryland. The card will be shown live exclusively on DAZN, (viewers in the United Kingdom will be able to watch it through Sky Sports.)
“The time has come for the ultimate challenge for Oleksandr Usyk,” said Eddie Hearn, who co-promotes Usyk with K2 Promotions.
“This pound-for-pound star had dominated the cruiserweight division, becoming undisputed champion after just 15 fights. Now he takes the daring leap to the land of the giants as he attempts to repeat his achievements in the heavyweight division.”
“May 25 marks a major moment in my career when I move to the heavyweight division,” said Usyk. “At cruiserweight, I did it all and became the undisputed champion and that is my goal now in the heavyweights.
“This is the ultimate challenge and it begins on May 25 against Carlos Takam. It’s a tough first fight but I need to test myself against world-class opposition on my new road to undisputed.”
Takam is a decent veteran heavyweight, and a good first fight at heavyweight for Usyk. Takam has been in the ring with the likes of Alexander Povetkin, Joseph Parker, Anthony Joshua, and Dereck Chisora in recent years.
“Usyk has achieved everything in the cruiserweight division; I am ready to welcome him to the new world of heavyweight boxing,” said Takam.
“I can promise that this will be a great fight and I will provide Usyk with a huge test on his heavyweight debut. I have huge ambitions of my own in the division and this fight will provide me with the chance to prove that.”
Usyk won the eight-man World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament last July to unify all four major 200-pound belts. After the tournament, Usyk and K2 Promotions signed a co-promotional deal with Eddie Hearn. Usyk then went on and defended his undisputed title by knocking out Tony Bellew in November in Manchester, England.
Usyk hopes to follow in the footsteps of Evander Holyfield, the only undisputed cruiserweight champion to become the undisputed heavyweight champion.
~ The Fighting Voice ~