38-year-old American boxer Chazz Witherspoon has officially become the new opponent for Oleksandr Usyk in his heavyweight debut. Co-promoter of Ukrainian Eddie Hearn has informed about it.
At first, Usyk was supposed to fight the Dutchman Tyron Spong. But Spong failed the doping test and Eddie Hearn urgently had to look for a replacement. Name of a 42-year-old Russian boxer Alexander Ustinov was in talks, but eventually, Usyk’s team was able to negotiate with Witherspoon.
"I can't wait to face Usyk in Chicago," Witherspoon said. "I have been in training, ready for a big fight, and it doesn't get bigger than this. Oleksandr is stepping up to heavyweight -- and he's going to find out that it's a totally different game. I've won my last eight fights, and I really feel that I've been waiting in the wings for a huge opportunity like this, and I am going to put every ounce of myself into the fight on this massive stage".
Chazz Witherspoon is a 38-year-old heavyweight with a record of 37-3. Started his career in 2004, his first defeat happened only 4 years later – a TKO loss to Chris Arreola. In 2009, Tony Thompson was able to secure a victory over him. And in 2012, Seth Mitchell TKO’d Witherspoon in a fight for vacant World Boxing Organisation NABO Heavy Title. Since then, Whitherspoon has had 8 matches, all of which ended in a way of victory.