Oleksandr Usyk is a Ukrainian professional boxer who is widely regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
He was born on January 17, 1987, in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine.
Usyk began his boxing career in 2006 and quickly rose through the ranks, winning numerous amateur titles, including the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.
In 2013, he turned professional and has since amassed an impressive record of 19 wins, 0 losses, and 13 knockouts.
He has won several world titles in the cruiserweight division, including the WBO, WBC, IBF and WBA titles.
In 2018, Usyk won the inaugural World Boxing Super Series tournament, defeating Murat Gassiev in the final.
He is known for his technical skills, footwork and ability to control the pace of a fight.
He is also known for his sportsmanship and humble demeanor outside of the ring.
In 2021, Usyk moved up to the heavyweight division and defeated Anthony Joshua to become the unified WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion.
Oleksandr Usyk height
Usyk stands at 6 feet 3 inches tall (1.91 meters).
Usyk is known for his unique fighting style, which combines high ring IQ with fast feet, and his ability to retain his tempo throughout the entire contest due to his amazing stamina and endurance.
He played football until age 15 and was trained at the SC Tavriya Simferopol specialized sports school of Olympic reserve (club’s football academy).
In 2002, he switched to boxing.
He held an impressive amateur record of 335-15 and secured a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, and also won a gold medal at the 2011 World Championships in Baku.
Usyk turned pro at the age of 26 in 2013 and decided to take on the cruiserweight division.
He started his professional career on a good note in November 2013, beating Mexican fighter Felipe Romero after a fifth-round knockout.
Usyk then went on to secure three consecutive wins over his respective opponents before having a shot at his first title in October 2014.
He became the first ever four-belt undisputed cruiserweight champion after defeating Murat Gassiev in July 2018.
Usyk transitioned to the heavyweight division in 2019 and has since held the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles.
In addition to his in-ring accomplishments, Usyk is also known for his humble nature.
He is a monster in the ring, but a true sportsman outside, and is often known for his funny antics, quirky sense of humor and charming demeanor.
His personality resembles that of a comic actor more so than your average prizefighter.
Usyk is known to be goofy and silly, even to film training videos jokingly calling out his opponent in a silly voice.
Oleksandr Usyk’s personal life
Usyk is married to Yekaterina Usyk since 2009.
They have three children together, named Kyrylo, Mykhalio and Yelizaveta.
Yekaterina, also known as Kateryna, was born and raised in Russia, and not much is known about her personal life.
She is often seen supporting her husband at his boxing matches.
Yekaterina runs the ‘Usyk Foundation,’ which belongs to the heavyweight champion, according to a report published on National Wild.