Alexander Usik was declared the best athlete of 2018 as part of the ceremony “person of the year”. It was held in the capital’s National Opera of Ukraine. 32-year-old, the absolute world champion among boxers-professionals won the competition, the world champion in judo Daria Bilodid, and the owner Olympic “gold-2018” freestyler Alexander Abramenko.
Boxers have not won in this competition for ten years. In 2009, the best was Vasyl Lomachenko. In 2004, defeated Vitali Klitschko, three years later – his brother Vladimir.
Now Usik is preparing for its 17th meeting. All previous have won 12 times by knockout. Has all four major titles in the first heavy weight to 90.7 kg. the Next fight will be the debut in the heavyweight division. It will take place on 17 or 18 may in Chicago, USA. Ukrainian must meet with the Frenchman of Cameroonian origin Carlos takama, 38 years. At Takama 36 wins, 28 by knockout, five losses, one draw. The principle of this opponent reached, but the contract on fight is not yet signed.
Last week Oleksandr Usyk spent sparring with former two-time world champion in the heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko, 43 years. March 22, posted a photo in the social network and signed:
– Thank you for the experience, Champ!
Klitschko himself, obviously, went into the ring not only to help the Tendril. Sparring with one of the strongest boxers the world had to assess its current form and to make sure whether to return to Boxing in the coming months. Wladimir last fought almost two years ago – 29 APR 2017 lost by TKO in the 11th round of the British world champion Joshua. The opponent now holds three belts.