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Usyk won his heavyweight debut in style

Usyk won his heavyweight debut in style

Oleksandr Usyk was vicious in his first fight as a heavyweight, forcing Chazz Witherspoon to retire after the seventh round.

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The swift hands and feet of the brilliant Usyk were a nightmare for the larger Witherspoon in Chicago, and he landed blows at will until his opponent could not continue.

The victory was a heavyweight textbook debut for Usyk, who became the undisputed cruiserweight champion last year by winning the World Boxing Super Series. He immediately announced his intention to become the third boxer to give Cruiserweight Gold a heavyweight world title.

Usyk was almost two and a half stones lighter than his opponent, and it showed up, but there was also his extra speed with his feet as he slipped in and out of reach.

His left hand from the south paw attitude began to slip through Witherspoons guard after searching a few laps for his timing.

Witherspoon, a 38-year-old who replaced Tyrone Spong within a few days, tried to fiercely counterattack, and although he occasionally caught Usyk, he could never discourage him.

Usky's movement began to drown Witherspoon, who simply could not keep up. In the sixth round, the Ukrainian could land shots at will. The referee considered ending the fight here, but did not act.

In the seventh Usyk sat down for the second round and landed a flood of unanswered shots. Witherspoon remained upright, but returned to his chair and could not get up.

Usyk retains its status as a mandatory challenger to the WBO heavyweight title, which Andy Ruiz Jr. will defend against Anthony Joshua on December 7, live at the Sky Sports Box Office. Usyk expects to challenge the winner next year.