USYK VS. BELLEW WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER


DOORS 17:30

LIVE ON SKY SPORTS BOX OFFICE 18:00

18:10 | 10 x 3 mins vacant WBA Inter-Continental Cruiserweight Championship
SAM HYDE 14st 3lbs 5oz v RICHARD RIAKPOHRE 14st 1lb 5oz
(Manchester)                        (Walworth)
 
10 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
DAVID ALLEN 18st 5lbs 4oz v ARIEL ESTEBAN 18st 4lbs 9oz BRACAMONTE
(Doncaster)                                (Argentina)
 
10 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest
JOSH KELLY 10st 11lbs 1oz v WALTER FABIAN CASTILLO 10st 9lbs 5oz
(Sunderland)                              (Argentina)
 
10 x 3 mins Lightweight contest
RICKY BURNS 9st 12lbs 1oz v SCOTT CARDLE 9st 10lbs 7oz
(Coatbridge)                               (Lytham)
 
12 x 3 mins Final Eliminator WBA Lightweight Championship
ANTHONY CROLLA 9st 9lbs v DAUD YORDAN 9st 7lbs 9oz
(Manchester)                             (Indonesia)
 
12 x 3 mins WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO & Ring Magazine Cruiserweight World Championship
OLEKSANDR USYK 14st 2lbs 4oz v TONY BELLEW 14st 3lbs 5oz
(Ukraine)                                               (Liverpool)
 
 FLOAT
 
4/6 x 3 mins Middleweight contest
DMYTRO MYTROFANOV 11st 5lbs 8oz v GINO KANTERS 11st 5lbs 2oz
(Ukraine)                                                    (Holland)
 
4/6 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest (on the day weigh-in)
ALEXANDRE KARTOZIA v DANIEL ROBLES
(Greece)                               (Spain)

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Andrade: A win on Saturday will set me up to rule the Middleweight division


 

Andrade says 160lbs is new ‘glamour’ weight ahead of WBO title clash
 
Demetrius Andrade believes that Middleweight is set to become the new ‘glamour division’ in boxing, and he’s ready to rule it as he prepares to face Walter Kautondokwa for the vacant WBO World title at TD Garden in Boston on Saturday night, live on DAZN.
 
Andrade (25-0 16KOs) can become a two-weight World ruler with victory over the unbeaten and big-punching Namibian Walter Kautondokwa (17-0 16KOs) for the WBO crown will set the Rhode Island star take his spot alongside the big guns at 160lbs.
 
‘Boo Boo’ welcomes ‘The Executioner’ to his New England backyard in his first fight with new promoter Eddie Hearn and new network in OTT-giants DAZN – and with more massive nights on the cards in 2019, the 30 year old heads into his big Boston night in a great place.
 
“My situation is great right now,” said Andrade. “Had I not made the move with Eddie, I would have been fighting in England, having tune-ups or waiting around still. I never needed tune-ups. I take every fight very seriously, I have since day one.
 
“I could have waited around and had tick overs, instead, this World title chance came along and we’re on the road to the top in another division already.
 
“I think Middleweight can be the new glamour division in boxing. We have big names at 160lbs and if you look at 154lbs, those guys are going to grow and they’ll have to come up – look at Jarrett Hurd, he’s a big dude. The division is hot and it’s going to get hotter.
 
“If everyone involved with the elite does their jobs, we can make these big fights. The window is starting to close on those fights though, people get old, people move on, and people look to run around and fight lesser guys like the Charlos do.
 
“I don’t look forward to those fights, I want to fight the best – only and often. When I was at 154, I had the belt and couldn’t get the big fights. We’re all going to make money – so let’s decide who is the best, and let’s get the elite in with the elite. Don’t get in with has-beens or the guys on the way out, get in with the hungry guys.
 
“I’m at 160lbs to show I am still the biggest and baddest wolf out there, and I’m ready to bite. I am too old to fight nobodies now, I’ve had that time, I’m not going to fight iron every time,
 
“When you are fighting lower level opponents you can afford to get in there four or five times a year, but at the level I want to operate at, you can’t do that. I’m going to take it one step at a time, do my job against Walter, come home with the belt and we will look to get out early in 2019 – I know Eddie and DAZN want to keep me active and that’s great, and if it’s going to be the rest of the elite guys, then let’s go.”
 
Andrade’s clash with Kautondokwa is part of a huge bill in Boston with three World title bouts on the slate.
 
Philadelphia’s Tevin Farmer makes the first defense of his IBF World Super-Featherweight title against hard-hitting Belfast man James Tennyson while Irish star Katie Taylor defends her WBA and IBF World Lightweight titles against Argentina’s Cindy Serrano.
 
Rhode Island’s Toka Kahn Cleary faces England’s Kid Galahad in a final eliminator for the IBF World Featherweight title, England’s all-action Tommy Coyle meets Quincy, Mass.’s Ryan Kielczweski over ten rounds, England’s Freddie Roach trained former World ruler Scott Quigg returns on the bill and Kazakhstan’s Olympic gold medal hero Daniyar Yeleussinov tastes action for the fourth time in the paid ranks.
 
Local favorite Mark DeLuca (Whitman, Mass.) is gunning for revenge when he meets Walter Wright in a rematch of their keenly fought clash in June that Wright edged via split decision, while there’s more Irish interest in Gorey Heavyweight Niall Kennedy and Tennyson’s fellow Belfast man Sean McComb.
 
Tickets for October 20 are on sale now from www.TDGarden.com

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KAUTONDOKWA: I CAN SHOCK THE WORLD AGAINST ANDRADE


 
Unbeaten African blaster vows to KO Rhode Island ace in Boston
 
Walter Kautondokwa says he will shock the world and KO Demetrius Andrade when they clash at the TD Garden in Boston on October 20, live on DAZN.
 
Kautondokwa (17-0 16KOs) has replaced Billy Joe Saunders in the bout with the unbeaten former Super-Welterweight World ruler, and ‘The Executioner’ is full of belief that he can add to his formidable knockout record in Massachusetts having already been in camp.
 
The Namibian has only been the full distance once, on his September 2103 debut, and the 33 year old has blasted six foes away in the opening session and 14 of his opponents before the halfway point of their contests.
 
‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (25-0 16KOs) must reset his radar from training for the tricky southpaw Saunders to the big-hitting African, and Kautondokwa has inspiration close to home in his camp for his first World title fight.
 
Kautondokwa’s stable-mate Julius Indongo landed a World title clash at late notice and starched Eduard Troyanovsky inside a round in Russia to win the IBF Super-Lightweight crown to crash into the elite, going on to face Terence Crawford for all the titles at 140lbs – and #2-rated WBO Middleweight Kautondokwa believes he can make the same impact at 160lbs.
 
“This is a huge opportunity for me and one I will take with both hands,” said Kautondokwa. “I’ve been in the gym and I am 100 per cent ready to get to Boston and add Demetrius to my KO record.
 
“I’ve earned my spot as the number two challenger in the division and I fear no man – Demetrius is a great fighter, but I know that I can KO any 160lber in the world, and that includes Andrade.
 
“He’s been preparing for Billy Joe, who is a technical guy that doesn’t have power – I am going to be a nightmare for him next Saturday night and I am ready to become a major player in the Middleweight division.”
 
Kautondokwa’s clash with Andrade is part of a huge bill in Boston with three World title bouts on the slate.
 
Philadelphia’s Tevin Farmer makes the first defence of his IBF World Super-Featherweight title against hard-hitting Belfast man James Tennyson and Irish sensation Katie Taylor puts her WBA and IBF World Lightweight straps on the line against Cindy Serrano.
 
Rhode Island’s Toka Kahn Cleary faces England’s Kid Galahad in a final eliminator for the IBF World Featherweight title, England’s all-action Tommy Coyle meets Quincy, Mass.’s Ryan Kielczweski over ten rounds, England’s Freddie Roach trained former World ruler Scott Quigg returns on the bill and Kazakhstan’s Olympic gold medal hero Daniyar Yeleussinov tastes action for the fourth time in the paid ranks.
 
Local favorite Mark DeLuca (Whitman, Mass.) is gunning for revenge when he meets Walter Wright in a rematch of their keenly fought clash in June that Wright edged via split decision, while there’s more Irish interest in Gorey Heavyweight Niall Kennedy and Tennyson’s fellow Belfast man Sean McComb.
 
Tickets for October 20 are on sale now from www.TDGarden.com

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ANTHONY JOSHUA VS. ALEXANDER POVETKIN WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER

JOSHUA-POVETKIN PROMOTION
WEIGH IN
DESIGN CENTRE,
ISLINGTON
LONDON
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
ANTHONY JOSHUA AND ALEXANDER POVETKIN WEIGH IN BEFORE THEY CLASH ON EDDIE HEARNS MATCHROOM PROMOTION AT WEMBLEY STADIUM TOMORROW(SATURDAY 22-9-18)

 
DOORS 17:30
 
LIVE SKY SPORTS BOX OFFICE
 
18:10 | 8 x 3 mins Welterweight contest @ 10st 9lbs
SHAKRAM GIYASOV 10st 3lbs 2oz vs. JULIO LAGUNA 10st 2lbs
(Uzbekistan) (Nicaragua)
 
10 x 3 mins WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Championship
SERGEY KUZMIN 17st 6lbs 6oz vs. DAVID PRICE 18st 13lbs 4oz
(Russia) (Liverpool)
 
12 x 3 mins British Cruiserweight Championship @ 14st 4lbs
MATTY ASKIN 14st 3lbs 8oz vs. LAWRENCE OKOLIE 14st 3lbs 3oz
(Blackpool) (Hackney)
 
12 x 3 mins Final Eliminator for WBC Lightweight Championship @ 9st 9lbs
LUKE CAMPBELL 9st 8lbs 6oz vs. YVAN MENDY 9st 8lbs 7oz
(Hull) (France)
 
21:50 RING WALK
 
12 x 3 mins WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO World Heavyweight Championship
ANTHONY JOSHUA 17st 8lbs 5oz vs. ALEXANDER POVETKIN 15st 12lbs
(Watford) (Russia)
 
FLOATS:
 
4 x 3 mins Welterweight contest @ 10st 10lbs
CHRIS KONGO 10st 9lbs 8oz vs. PETAR ALEXANDROV 10st 11lbs
(Bermondsey) (Bulgaria)
 
4 x 3 mins Light-Heavyweight contest @ 13st
DANA ZAXO 12st 13lbs 4oz vs. TONY BILIC 13st 2oz
(Hammersmith) (Croatia)

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MENDY: I’M GOING FOR THE KNOCKOUT


 
Frenchman looking to make a statement at Wembley on Saturday
 
Yvan Mendy believes he should have had a shot at a World title by now and is frustrated that Luke Campbell fought for one before him.
 
Mendy outpointed Campbell back in 2015 and is aiming to go one better and knockout the Hull fighter when they rematch at Wembley Stadium Connected by EE on Saturday September 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.
 
Since that win at The 02, Mendy has gone from strength to strength, piling up seven consecutive wins with three of them via stoppage. Along the way he defeated Francesco Patera who will face Newcastle’s Lewis Ritson next month.
 
The 33-year-old has been the World Boxing Council number one contender for some time as well as having held the organisation’s Silver belt. As such he feels he merits a title shot at this stage of his career.
 
“I do feel a bit frustrated that I haven’t had a World title opportunity yet,” said Mendy. “He (Campbell) lost to me and yet he was able to fight Linares for the World title! So that does leave me a bit of frustrated.
 
“You do suffer being a boxer in France, it’s a cultural thing. In England boxing is a part of the culture, over here it just isn’t. I’ve often said to myself if I were English I’d already be World Champion! Or at least I would have had the chance to fight for it.
 
“At the moment I feel like I’m unbeaten because I haven’t lost for so long. Mentally I have forgotten about my defeats and in my mind when I go in the ring I feel undefeated. I feel as strong as ever.”
 
Mendy confessed he hasn’t seen much of Campbell since their previous meeting, but he recognised his performance in attempting to win a World title last year was impressive.
 
“I haven’t watched him too much since the last fight, but I did see the fight against Jorge Linares, but I think that was the only one. He fought very well against Linares, it was close. He was up on one of the scorecards, so he is a good boxer and he has progressed.
 
“I don’t necessarily see it as a big advantage the fact that I won the first fight, simply because it has been three years since that and we change, all of us. After three years we forget about a loss. I don’t think mentally it will play on his mind because a lot of things happen in that time.
 
“For me it’s important to win by knockout to make a statement. I’m not here for the sake of it, I’m ready to win this, I want a nice victory.”
 
Whoever emerges with their hand raised at Wembley will edge closer to a World title chance, the first for Mendy or a second bite at the cherry for Britain’s London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist.
 
“The winner should get a shot at the Champion Mikey García, but we will see if he stays at Lightweight. I’ve been waiting for the chance for a while. It’s one of the best weight classes in boxing, it’s very attractive. In each organisation the Champion is a big name at Lightweight, there’s a lot of high-level boxers operating at 135lbs and I’ll show that I belong at the top when I beat Campbell again.”
 
Campbell and Mendy clash on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s Heavyweight unification blockbuster with Alexander Povetkin, Matty Askin defends his British Cruiserweight title against rising star Lawrence Okolie, undefeated Russian Sergey Kuzmin takes on Liverpool Heavyweight David Price for the WBA Inter-Continental title and Welterweight 2016 Silver medallist Shakram Giyasov faces Julio Laguna over 6 rounds.
 
Very limited General Sale tickets are available via www.stubhub.co.uk the official ticketing partner or https://events.wembleystadium.com. For accessible tickets please call Wembley Stadium on 0800 093 0824.

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ASKIN: OKOLIE’S GETTING KNOCKED OUT – THIS ISN’T GOING TO POINTS

Boxer Matty Askin in his caravan which he has moved into to be close to his training camp for his British Cruiserweight Fight against Lawrence Okolie at Wembley Stadium on 22nd September 2018.
11th September 2018.
Picture By Mark Robinson.
Welterweight contest

 
British Cruiserweight Champion prepares for Okolie clash in caravan
 
Matty Askin is predicting an early night for Lawrence Okolie when the rivals collide for the British Cruiserweight title at Wembley Stadium Connected by EE this Saturday September 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.
 
The Blackpool man has been preparing for his crunch showdown with Rio Olympian and rising AJ Boxing star Okolie by spending time away from his partner and son in his dad’s caravan in Eccleston, Lancashire, and believes his humble surroundings will inspire him to put Okolie in his place.
 
“I’ve locked myself away in a caravan for this camp,” said Askin. “I like to keep myself to myself when training, the solitude helps me to focus on the job at hand. The reasoning behind it is mainly the driving, everything is based around the gym and caravan. I don’t have to go back to Blackpool every day so it’s just perfect. It pains me to stay away from my partner and little lad, but it’s the right thing to do.
 
“This fight is all that’s on my mind, it’s the first thing I think of when I get up and last when I shut my eyes. I run through a load of different potential outcomes which I think is going to help me when it comes down to it. Living in a caravan has given me a lot of drive to beat Okolie.”
 
Askin halted Craig Kennedy in six to claim the Lonsdale belt at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff in May 2017 before stopping Scotland’s Stephen Simmons inside two rounds at York Hall in March, and is aiming to make it three KO’s on the bounce at Wembley this Saturday.
 
“In my head, he’s getting knocked out, I don’t see this going to points. Usually what’s in my head is usually what comes off on fight night so I’m very confident. I’ll be walking straight in the ring, smacking him on the chin and going from there. The atmosphere won’t get to me, I’m just focused on the fight itself.
 
“Lawrence has done well so far, credit to him for taking this fight. I’m only a fight or two away from launching myself in the World title mix and to be honest I think he’s a few behind that. He’s a bit raw and wild but there’s no doubting he can punch. His opposition hasn’t been the best and I’ll be able to suss him out in the first three minutes of the fight.”
 
Askin and Okolie clash on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s Heavyweight unification blockbuster with Alexander Povetkin, Luke Campbell gets a chance for revenge when he rematches Yvan Mendy in a Final Eliminator for the WBC Lightweight World title, undefeated Russian Sergey Kuzmin takes on Liverpool Heavyweight David Price for the WBA Inter-Continental title and Welterweight 2016 Silver medallist Shakram Giyasov faces Julio Laguna over 6 rounds.
 
Very limited General Sale tickets are available via www.stubhub.co.uk the official ticketing partner or https://events.wembleystadium.com. For accessible tickets please call Wembley Stadium on 0800 093 0824.

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PRICE MEETS KUZMIN ON JOSHUA VS. POVETKIN UNDERCARD


 
Last-chance saloon for Price at Wembley
 
David Price will take on Sergey Kuzmin for the WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium Connected by EE on September 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office and DAZN in the US.
 
Price rocked former World Champion Povetkin before succumbing to a stoppage defeat last time out at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff in March and knows it is last-chance saloon against the Russian’s countryman Kuzmin.
 
The Liverpool man is determined to prove that he can still mix it with the best in the Heavyweight division on the biggest stage of all and a win against 12-0 Kuzmin would rocket his name back into the mix.
 
“It’s all been late notice but I was training to fight in Belfast anyway,” said Price. “It means I’ll have to squeeze in my sparring as the fight is only nine days away but I’ll come out all guns blazing on the night.
 
“It’s just great. I got a huge buzz last time being part of such a big occasion. There’s nothing like the feeling of a big fight night and I’m excited to be part of another one.
 
“Opportunity knocks again and I’m hoping to get some good support on the night. I was a massive underdog in the Povetkin fight. Kuzmin isn’t as well known but he’s serious and they plan to have me as just a name on his record.
 
“I’m a banana-skin for any undefeated prospect coming through. Going into this one I’m drawing on all the positivity of my experience last time and the fans’ reaction.
 
“People know when they come to watch me fight that it’s going to be exciting one way or another. This time, however, I’m confident it’s me who’ll come out on top. All I care about is getting in there and taking him out.”
 
Price vs. Kuzmin lands on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s Heavyweight unification blockbuster with Alexander Povetkin, Luke Campbell gets a chance for revenge when he rematches Yvan Mendy in a Final Eliminator for the WBC Lightweight World title and Matty Askin defends his British Cruiserweight title against Lawrence Okolie.
 
Limited General Sale tickets are available via www.stubhub.co.uk the official ticketing partner or https://events.wembleystadium.com. For accessible tickets please call Wembley Stadium on 0800 093 0824.

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RYDER MEETS SIROTKIN IN WORLD TITLE FINAL ELIMINATOR AND CHEESEMAN CLASHES WITH BYFIELD FOR LONSDALE BELT


 
Five 50-50 fights feature on unmissable October 27 Copper Box Arena card
 
John Ryder faces Andrey Sirotkin in a Final Eliminator for the WBA Super-Middleweight World title at the Copper Box Arena in London on October 27, live on Sky Sports and DAZN in the US.
 
Islington’s Ryder is back in action following his stunning two-round destruction of Jamie Cox on the Bellew vs. Haye 2 undercard at The O2 in May.
 
It was another explosive statement from ‘The Gorilla’ following his brilliant win over Patrick Nielsen inside five rounds, and now he finds himself just one win away from a dream World title shot.
 
Russia’s Sirotkin, the current WBA Inter-Continental Champion, sits two places behind Ryder in the rankings at number 5 and is unbeaten in all 15 of his contests, picking up a number of ranking titles from the WBC and WBO along the way.
 
“It’s great to be boxing back on Sky Sports again and to be headlining in my home town is a proud moment for me,” said Ryder. “That’s going to spur me on to get the win and put me in contention to fight for a World title.
 
“This is such a big fight for me, I’ve had to be patient off the back of two big wins, but things have fallen in to place now and I’m fully focused. The winner goes on from here and it’s a long, hard road back for the loser.”
 
Main event on October 27 will be supported by one of the best trade cards of the year.
 
Ted Cheeseman and Asinia Byfield battle it out for the Vacant British Super-Welterweight title in one of the most highly-anticipated domestic matchups of the year.
 
‘The Big Cheese’ has been making a name for himself in the 154lbs division with notable wins over Carson Jones and most recently Paul Upton. A fight with rising star Anthony Fowler could await for the winner of the Lord Lonsdale belt.
 
Ryan Doyle looks to build on his shock win over Reece Bellotti as he defends his Commonwealth Featherweight belt against the talented and undefeated Jordan Gill.
 
Doyle hit the big time when he stopped Bellotti after five epic rounds at York Hall in June and isn’t wasting anytime as he jumps straight into another banger with Dave Coldwell’s 21-0 prospect.
 
Luke Watkins and Isaac Chamberlain meet in a crunch Cruiserweight contest as both men look to move on from first career losses to rising star Lawrence Okolie and Jake Ball begins life under new trainer Dominic Ingle with a WBA Inter-Continental Light-Heavyweight title fight with Craig ‘Spider’ Richards.
 
There’s action elsewhere from Wokingham Middleweight Felix Cash, Brentwood Super-Featherweight Martin J Ward, Watford Featherweight Reece Bellotti, Canning Town Light-Heavy Charlie Duffield and Mill Hill Heavyweight George Fox.
 
“This is a wonderful night of boxing – Five 50-50 televised fights, it’s going to be a banger,” said Eddie Hearn. “John Ryder has a great chance to earn his shot at the World title and Cheeseman vs. Byfield could be domestic Fight of the Year. Doyle vs. Gill, Chamberlain vs. Watkins and Ball vs. Richards are all ‘pick-ems’. Fans on Sky Sports, DAZN and in the arena are in for a great night on October 27.”
 
Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 (VIP) and go on sale to Fight Pass members at midday today (September 13) and General Sale begins on Friday September 14 at midday via www.stubhub.co.uk and www.copperboxarena.org.

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IRISH STAR JONO CARROLL SIGNS WITH MATCHROOM BOXING


 
Unbeaten Super-Featherweight targets winner of Farmer vs. Tennyson
 
Irish star Jono Carroll has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing.
 
The unbeaten Super-Featherweight talent turned in arguably the performance of his career in June when he halted Declan Geraghty over nine brutal rounds in Belfast to retain his IBF Intercontinental title.
 
With IBF World Champion Tevin Farmer making the first defence of his title against Belfast’s James Tennyson on Matchroom Boxing USA’s October 20 Boston card, Carroll now appears to be a step closer to his World title dream.
 
“I feel the World title shot has been coming a long time,” said Carroll. “In my head, Tevin Farmer and James Tennyson are just fighting for my belt anyway. It’s already mine.
 
“If I fought Tennyson, I’d play with him. The same goes for Farmer, who’d get stopped as well. They’re both chinny and like I said, in my mind that belt they’re fighting for already belongs to me.
 
“I’m very happy to sign with Matchroom. This couldn’t come at a better time. Anyone who watched the Declan Geraghty fight and heard all the hype about it says I made that night.
 
“That was a high-profile fight. Deco is a very good fighter but I still put him away in good style. That performance definitely helped but this sort of move has been coming for a long time before that.
 
“I need more big fights and they’ve been coming ever since I’ve been with MTK Global. Now I’m with Matchroom, there’ll be more and more.”
 
“I’m delighted to welcome Jono to the team, it’s going be a lot of fun,” said Eddie Hearn. “I watched Jono win Prizefighter and I’ve been very impressed with his recent rise and he is now on the verge of challenging for a World title.
 
“Next up will be a final eliminator for the winner of Farmer vs. Tennyson and I believe UK fans on Sky and US fans on DAZN are going to love getting to know Jono Carroll.”

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UNDISPUTED CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION OLEKSANDR USYK AND K2 PROMOTIONS SIGN MULTI-FIGHT DEAL WITH MATCHROOM BOXING


 
Undisputed Cruiserweight World Champion Oleksandr Usyk has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing.
 
The pound-for-pound star will team up with Matchroom Boxing alongside K2 Promotions with his next fight to be shown live on streaming giant DAZN and Sky Sports.
 
Ukrainian Cruiserweight king Usyk took the WBO and WBC belts into the World Boxing Super Series final against Murat Gassiev in July, where a 12-round masterclass earned him the IBF, WBA and Ring Magazine belts too.
 
In comprehensively outclassing Gassiev, the London 2012 Olympic gold medallist created history by becoming the first man in the Cruiserweight division to hold all four recognised World titles at one time.
 
After his sensational performance against Gassiev, Usyk called out former WBC Champion Tony Bellew and is hopeful of defending all of his belts against the Liverpudlian in a blockbuster showdown in the UK later this year.
 
Southpaw Usyk has also spoken of his desire to storm the Heavyweight division after tearing through the professional ranks, winning all 15 fights since turning over in 2013, and has touted Heavyweight king Anthony Joshua as a possible future opponent.
 
“I’m thrilled that K2 Promotions will be working with Matchroom Boxing moving forward to secure me the biggest fights out there,” said Usyk. “Fans can look forward to watching me take on the biggest and best names in the sport. Boxing for me is all about drama and victory, and there is plenty more to come. A fight with Tony Bellew would be a momentous occasion, he is a good boxer and a good person and I also have the option to move into the Heavyweight division.
 
“Thankfully, England is more than just a country for me, in this country I got what I was reaching for half of my life, I got my Olympic gold medal and in Liverpool I became European Champion in 2008. England is a lucky country for me and fortune comes only with hard work.”
 
“I’m delighted to be working with Oleksandr Usyk and K2 in bringing a pound-for-pound star to the Matchroom team,” said Eddie Hearn. “Usyk holds all the cards at Cruiserweight and is already eyeing a move to Heavyweight and in particular a fight with Anthony Joshua. Right now our priority is to try and finalise a super fight with Tony Bellew later this year but either way we will announce his next fight in the very near future which will come to you live on DAZN and Sky Sports.”
 
Alex Krassyuk of K2 Promotions said: “I am delighted to start our cooperation with Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn in particular whom I consider to be the most successful promoter of the present time.”
 
“In his 15 fights to date, he has created history by becoming the first Cruiserweight to unify all four belts and there is more history to be made. He knows that in order to become the king of World boxing, he will have to dethrone the biggest name in boxing Anthony Joshua.
 
“But this is for the future. For now, a Cruiserweight showdown with Tony Bellew is our focus. We are hoping the deal will be finalized shortly and the fight will be announced soon.”

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