The WBC puts Oleksandr Usyk on “standby” at cruiserweight!
3kingsboxing has recently learned that the dangerous cruiserweight southpaw Oleksandr Usyk (16-0, 12 KO’s) has been labeled “champion in recess” by the WBC. Last year, Usyk earned himself all kinds of positive attention by his participation in the World Boxing Super Series.
While in the prestigious tournament, not only did Usyk dominate his opposition, he managed to unify all the major cruiserweight titles. In doing so, he was openly recognized as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the sport by most boxing insiders.
During his last outing, Usyk completely dismantled Tony Bellew en route to an eighth round stoppage victory. The crafty Ukranian intended to make his heavyweight debut after the dominant performance.
Unfortunately, before Usyk could test the waters at heavyweight, he suffered an injury and has yet to return to the ring.
By declaring Usyk their “champion in recess”, the WBC cruiserweight title is now officially vacant and up for grabs. Although, it’s certain that the belt will not remain in limbo for long.
On June 15, Mairis Briedis (25-1, 18 KO’s) will face Krzysztof “Glowka” Glowacki (31-1, 19 KO’s) to claim ownership of the freed up belt. Briedis v Glowacki will also be a part of the World Boxing Super Series.
Once he has regained his health and form, we will have to see what Usyk plans to do next. As the champion in recess, he has the right to immediately challenge for the WBC cruiserweight title or he could resume his plans to move up to heavyweight.
We will just have to wait and see what Usyk’s next move will be.
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By: Bakari Simpson