Oleksandr Usyk former Olympic gold medallist and current undefeated WBO cruiserweight World champion SIGNED podium medal ceremony 8" x 11" photo.
Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Usyk (Ukrainian: Олекса́ндр Олекса́ндрович У́сик) is a Ukrainian. He has held the WBO cruiserweight title since September 2016. He won the 2008 European Amateur Boxing Championships at light-heavyweight, the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships at heavyweight and the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the heavyweight division. A southpaw, Usyk has a professional record of 10-0 and boasts a 90% knockout ratio.
Earlier In Life
Usyk was born in Simferopol, Crimean Oblast. Until age 15, he used to play association football and was trained at the SC Tavriya Simferopol specialized sports school of Olympic reserve (club's football academy). In 2002 Usyk switched to boxing. He is a graduate of Lviv State University of Physical Culture.
At the 2006 European Championships he won his first three matches against little-known opponents, in the semi-final he was outclassed by Russian star Matvey Korobov.
He then moved up to light-heavyweight later and won the Strandja Cup in 2008.
In February 2008, he moved up another weightclass and was sent to the Olympic qualifier in Roseto degli Abruzzi replacing European Champion Denys Poyatsyka. There he defeated World class Azeri Elchin Alizade and Daniel Price.
At Beijing he easily beat World class local Yushan Nijiati (23:4) but ran into World champion Clemente Russo and lost (4:7).
He dropped down to light-heavy and captured the European Championships 2008 but later went up again.
At the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships he beat Artur Beterbiyev and Teymur Mammadov to win the Heavyweight title and qualify for the Olympics.
At the 2012 Olympic Games (results) in London, Usyk won the gold medal, beating Artur Beterbiyev, Tervel Pulev and Italy's Clemente Russo, outscoring him by 6-3 in Round 3
Usyk turned pro in late 2013 and signed a promotional deal with the Klitschko brothers' K2 Promotions. Usyk is fighting in the Cruiserweight division. On November 9, 2013, Usyk made his professional debut by defeating Mexican fighter Felipe Romero via a fifth-round knockout. Usyk won his first belt in Lviv on October 4, 2014. He beat Daniel Bruwer for the Inter-Continental WBO Cruiserweight title.
Usyk is married to Katerina and the couple have 3 children (born in 2009, 2013 and 2015).
Roughly one month after the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation Usyk declared (on 28 April 2014) he would never exchange his Ukrainian citizenship for a Russian one and that he considered Crimea a part of Ukraine.
In 2016, answering to a question if he can still enter Crimea and his patriotic position, he stated that he can enter Crimea after each of his fight; that he doesn't like to talk politics due to the fact that people like to take words out of context and that in Russia he has many followers and he doesn't divide "our peoples as we are Slavs".