Oleksandr Usyk Options For 2019 Include Povetkin and Ortiz

Usyk's Team: "There is a 70% chance he will make his heavyweight debut!"

Oleksandr Usyk, Luis Ortz and Alexander Povetkin
From left to right: Luis Ortiz, Oleksandr Usyk and Alexander Povetkin

Oleksandr Usyk eyeing Alexander Povetkin and Luis Ortiz as possible opponents


Undisputed crusierweight champion Oleksandr Usyk has a plethora of options for his next ring outing.

He has been on vacation since his eighth round TKO victory over Tony Bellew in November 2018. Now, however, the champion is ready to get back to work.

3kingsboxing.com has learned of three possible opponents for his next fight. According to Usyk’s promoter, Alex Krassyuk, there’s a 70% chance he will make his heavyweight debut.

The names mentioned were Alexander Povetkin and Luis Ortiz. Both men are recognizable names and would provide a stern test for the incoming champion.

Both Povetkin and Ortiz have extensive amateur background experience; Povetkin being a 2004 Olympic Gold medalist, and Ortiz being apart of the always highly-touted Cuban national teams.

Also mentioned was Dennis Lebedev; a former crusierweight champion who’s on record stating that he would like to face Oleksandr Usyk in his final career fight. If that is made, more than likely, Usyk would stay at crusierweight.

Krassyuk also said that both Joseph Parker and Jarrell Miller turned down an opportunity to fight the champion.

Regardless of what option they go with, it’s clear that he has more than enough options to choose from for his first fight of 2019.

3kingsboxing.com will continue to monitor this story and provide any updates as they become available.

By: Jerrell Fletcher

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Jerrell Fletcher - Lead Journalist Jerrell "Big Kool" Fletcher is the host of YouTube boxing channel "Colossal Sports TV" and is the Lead Journalist for 3kingsboxing.com.

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