Monday, 13 March 2017

Usyk to defend against Hunter jr, April 8th..

In what looks an interesting bout, Undefeated Oleksandr Usyk 11-0 (10 Ko's) is set to defend his WBO cruiserweight title against unbeaten Michael Hunter jr 12-0 (8 Ko's) on the Lomachenko v Sosa card in Maryland on April 8th..   Hunter, who's late father Mike Bounty Hunter Sr was a colourful heavyweight and cruiserweight contender, boxed in the same 2012 olympics as Usyk, losing his first round bout to current light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev, whom himself would lose his quarter final bout to eventual gold medalist Usyk..   Since turning pro Michael has shown huge improvement, in 2015 he impressively beat tough ex contender series fighter Deon Elam and Jason Douglas both inside 4 rounds and more recently scored his best result to date, a 10 round shutout of previously unbeaten Isiah Thomas last May to grab the WBO/NABO title..  
Usyk made history when he became the quickest fighter to capture a version of the world cruiserweight title when he beat Krzysztof Glowacki last September in just his 10th outing, just 2 years 10 months since turning pro. Oleksandr made a first defence in his American debut last December, stopping Thabiso Mchunu in 9 rounds..
It's a huge ask of the 28 year old Californian, but its a nothing to lose opportunity that Hunter can't afford to turn down, Usyk is possibly the most avoided cruiserweight around, and with good reason..   But Fortune favours the brave, it's an intriguing bout.

The April 8th, Sosa v Lomachenko and Usyk v Hunter card will be televised on HBO from the MGM National harbour, Oxon Hill, Maryland..