AIR DATE: Apr 23 2021 18:56UTC
EPISODE: Episode 14
Oleksandr Usyk | The Scoop with Bola Ray | Talkin Fight
Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Usyk is a Ukrainian professional boxer. He reigned as the undisputed cruiserweight champion from 2018 until he vacated his titles in 2019, being the first cruiserweight in history to hold all four major world championships—the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles.
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Hello talking fight fans around the world.
Thank you for joining us for another episode of the scoop.
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I believe we’re going off to the ukraine is that right, champ, that’s absolutely correct! Um today is day five of my ongoing series showcasing the up and coming heavyweights that are, in my opinion, responsible for being for making this being one of the most exciting times in boxing history.
These fighters are just on the precipice of potentially dethroning, either of the two champions and altering history.
Now today’s candidate for the role of heir apparent, has not won, but two amateur wins over arthur, better be of by his 10th professional fight.
He had already captured a world title and by the 15th professional fight he was already unified, cruiserweight king.
He is the fourth athlete to win all four recognized world titles.
At the same time, in history in 2012 he was the olympic gold medalist, but also he also won six years later, the muhammad ali trophy in the inaugural world, boxing series or super series, and earned also the fighter of the year award fighter of the year award By sports illustrated espn the ring magazine and boxer’s writing association of america.
This accolades hog is none other than my name is bola raymond olive wally – and this is the scoop.
I just realized that the way i phrased that intro makes it sound like i was talking about me, yes and with that [ Laughter, ] no born january 17th, 1987 in semfero pool wow.
I’Ve been working on that word for a while, and i still can’t get it some furro pool.
Ukraine was the absolute star alexander music in his early years.
His love for um.
His love was with the sport of soccer, but when he turned 15, his gaze turned to boxing.
He never looked back.
His amateur campaign was littered with accolades, such as a bronze medal and a gold medal at the european uh championships, uh 2006 and 2008 respectively.
Um gold medal in 2008 at the australia cup in bel, um, sophia, bolgrade, bulgari, bulgaria, bulgaria, thank you, bulgrade, bulgaria.
Thank you, um, a bronze medal and gold medal in the world championships in oh nine and oh or 2011, respectively and uh a silver medal at the world cup in 2008 in moscow.
But finally, he got the accolade of accolades as an amateur with his 2012 olympic gold medal.
Now he really has done it.
One really cannot ask much more than that from anyone’s career but onwards and upwards.
Now you said crossed paths with arthur, better bf in 2011, at the world championships at heavyweight at heavyweight and walked away with a w.
Only to repeat the performance the following year at the olympic games in london now understand something better.
Bf is an absolute destruction: crew.
All wrapped up into one human being, and maybe that’s why he’s he’s so successful because he’s destroying everybody at light heavyweight when he actually used to fight that heavyweight? There was no reason, or that explains a lot actually um in the way of his power.
But – and you suck beat this guy twice, nobody can figure him out today, music beat him up twice: um you sick, his amateur uh campaign with an astonishing record of 335 wins and 15 losses right, like yeah he’s doing something right.
Music turns pro uh later 2013, with his first contest being november 9th of uh that year he finishes the year with another contest under his belt um and starts 2014 off with nothing shy of bang.
In 2014, usic was able to amass four four more wins with none other with none of his component of his opponents actually hearing the final bell, actually his whole career up to that date.
None of his opponents had heard the final bell, but he also was starting to collect hardware collecting the interim world boxing organization, intercontinental cruiserweight title in his fifth fight against uh daniel brewer, with a record of 24 wins five losses and a drum only to in under Two months later go off and repeat the performance in beating a danny venture: okay, um and uh, who had a record of 19 wins and six losses.
Now these two veteran opponents had respectable records, but yet they were stopped by a guy who has as many losses or sorry as many fights as they did losses.
He was genuinely something special or is he’s not gone yet.
Yusic goes on to have uh three more title defenses, where none of his opponents again continue to not hear the final bell and then september 16 2017 he’s staring across the ring against kristoff [, Music ].
00 with 16 stoppages absolute warrior, ready to dance for the wbo cruiserweight title now to call this level of opposition that music had been facing thus far in his career as being advanced.
There’S nothing shy of an understatement, and yet he has stopped all nine opponents.
He’S had on route to his tenth fight for the world title.
He is well on his way to being well.
The cruiserweight king now was uh the ultimate test.
This was the fight that announced that the cruiserweight king had finally arrived with his fast flicking.
Jabs and big punch combinations coupled with his poetry of footwork um.
He won he made this contact look contest, look easy, even though he was never in any real trouble.
He definitely was outclassed from the opening bell, another testament to the level of competition that was before usic.
This night is the fact that this is the first time in his career that his opponent heard the final bell yusuf goes on to just successfully defend his title.
Two times once against michael hunter of the us now, this fight was rather telling um in that this was another cruiserweight prodigy who started his career off against the highest level of opposition.
It was victorious rolling into this contest with a record of 12 wins and no losses.
The fight told a story for me, though.
Usyk had just left his longtime trainer and joined forces with arguably the greatest father and son duo in anatoly and the um wow, i’m having a good one today, because i started job this uh.
This contest, the first three rounds, was won by hunter on all three scorecards, but the fourth round starts out and yousek changed his strategy up totally um.
He started by landing his straight left in combinations to the body with nothing shall regularity.
This change um continued for the remainder of the contest and even assisted him in a late 12th round, knockdown um.
Now this was a telltale sign of greatness for me, because not every fighter can change up their strategy.
Part way through the contest when they’ve been training, using a specific strategy to win and abandoning it part way through.
That’S a level of boxing iq and ability that i’ve only witnessed very few very few fighters able to actually accomplish such a thing.
Music won by unanimous decision.
No, then comes the inaugural world boxing super series.
This was quite the event eight cruiserweights, some of them actual champions already were to face off so as there could only be one music drew none other than 16 time world title defend, defending winning marco huck.
You supposed to ask google why he chose to fight hug.
First first um and he respond because, because of my fans, huck, who was equally excited, replied that music was his wish opponent now september 6 2017 at the final press conference in berlin during their like face-off hulk, goes off and pushes music.
When asked why he said that he wanted, you said to respect that he is in his home, germany, um, yeah, music handled the whole thing like a boss, okay, and simply said that the his endeavor was to be the best and to be the best.
You have to beat the best and, as far as he was concerned, mark marco huck was the best.
The fight fight night yousek used his footwork and combinations and cruised to a tenth round.
Tko uh victory easily over marcus marco huck.
He absolutely played with him even while playing with him, he was taunting him just make him look ordinary.
This is marco huck.
Like i said 16 times, he defended his world title.
He was on top of the world for a while.
This guy really was a step.
Above now, in his next, two contests went the distance where he collected for his troubles, the wbc, the wbo, the wba, the ibf, the ring magazine, cruiserweight title and the lineal cruiserweight title after all, the beating, after after beating murat gassiev.
He wanted all like to like literally he wanted all, and but where do you go from here just going to heavyweight, he had one more or one or two more fights at cruiserweight to defend it against tony bellows, which ended up in another stoppage.
The guy was like he was an absolute phenom head and shoulders above everybody else in the cruiserweight division, and i guess it’s about his next move.
He wants to repeat this feat at heavyweight during his campaign to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Yeah you sick, has fought two well seasoned opponents in um, chad, chaz witherspoon and derek jesura, stopping chaz in the seventh round and winning unanimous decision over uh cesaro was a decent step in the direction of that he’s.
Looking to go now, don’t get me wrong.
Yousick is absolutely amazing.
His resume speaks volumes, but if his fight with chizzora was anything called an indicator as to what it’s like to play with the big boys to bang with the with us with the strong boys, i just don’t think he has the power to keep up with the Elite, big boys, or at least it keeps them at bay.
Time, will tell maybe he’ll prove me wrong, but i just don’t see him now.
I wish him all the best, because i really like this guy class act and he can back up pretty much anything, and yet he doesn’t do anything um, so yeah uh i’ll definitely be watching, and with that that’s my episode.
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It’S your boy bola and that’s the scoop.
Thank you ray put on your matchmaking hat.
Tell us who you think you should fight next.
Well, the bottom line is you have three guys i’ll i’ll, say three, because deontay is still granted, he no longer has a belt, but you know i’d like to see him fight against somebody who is six six and up why? Because those guys are six six and up um aj’s, the shortest of the three at six six.
Now, let’s see exactly how he gets by reach, he has poetry for full work.
He has decent well, not decent.
He has well power wise as a cruiserweight decent power, not exceptional, usually wore his uh opponents down, as opposed to one punch, knockout sort of scenario, but whatever gets the job done or, more importantly, all hail the one that gets the job done.
But i don’t see well, he could attempt to to chip down a couple of big boys.
Um i’d be interested to see exact, uh, a fight with him and say alexander houston, off um.
He can out box it.
You stand up, but would he stop him? Would he deter him? You should not fall.
Doesn’T he’ll walk right through him? Um i’d like to see him against my friend emmanuel schar.
Now manuel schar is a shorter fighter, but let’s see yeah, he did well against um.
Chizura manuel schar is a much better technician than chizora and was the wba champion actually apparently he’s fighting again for his tu for the title, uh wba, regular uh title.
That would be a good uh contest to see there’s a few.
I just – and i would like to i don’t know he apparently was – is a sparring partner of vladimir klitschko vladimir is still sparring and there’s still rumors that he’s looking at coming back and whatnot and so be it.
It would make an interesting contest.
I don’t i don’t see him getting by these guys, but i can i’ve been wrong before once or twice good to know, yeah all right, ladies and gentlemen, that’s it that’s the scoop.
Thank you for joining us.
Um we’ll be back on monday with another episode involving something interesting and we look forward to seeing you then thanks very much ray appreciate your insight and we’ll see you next week.