Unified cruiserweight champ Usyk moves to heavweight

March 28, 2019 - 7:09 am

MOSCOW (AP) — The undisputed world cruiserweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk, says he's finally moving up to heavyweight.

The Ukrainian fighter says he's vacated the WBA cruiserweight title rather than fight challenger Denis Lebedev, in a video statement on the WBA's Instagram feed.

Usyk says "that fight will not happen because I and my team have decided to move up to heavyweight."

It wasn't immediately clear if he's vacating the IBF, WBC, and WBO belts.

Usyk unified the cruiserweight division in July by beating Murat Gassiev and immediately said he could move up to heavyweight. However, he defended his cruiserweight titles by knocking out British fighter Tony Bellew in November.

Usyk, the 2012 Olympic champion at heavyweight, has a 16-0 pro record, 12 by knockout.

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