Oleksandr Usyk made a successful debut at heavyweight with a seventh round KO of Chazz Witherspoon, handing out a one sided beating in front of a crowd of around 9000 at the Wintrust Arena on the campus of DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
Usyk who was initially scheduled to begin his heavyweight journey in May, was given the victory before the start of the eight round after referee Hector Afu consulted Witherspoon’s corner.
The former cruiserweight Undisputed Champion admitted the weight difference and his time awayafrom the ring actually affected him earlier in the fight.
“Yes, there is a little bit of difference,” confessed Usyk afterward though with a disclaimer. “But I used to fight as a heavyweight (in the amateurs).
“But yes, it was different.”
Usyk who was initially scheduled to fight Carlos Takam was forced to wait eleven months due to a torn bicep witnessed a slow start to the fight but action picked up in Round Three when Usyk while working behind the jab threw straight hands with regularly and up-ed his game in the next round forcing the crowd into a frenzy, while he pounded away at the veteran.