If his thorough domination of the cruiserweight division was any indication, Oleksandr Usyk as a heavyweight should continue to be a must-see fighter.
The Ukrainian bruiser makes his heavyweight debut Saturday night, when he takes on Chazz Witherspoon at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, live on DAZN.
Witherspoon (38-3, 29 KOs) is a last-minute replacement for Tyrone Spong after there were adverse findings in two of Spong’s urine samples. The Illinois State Athletic Commission rescinded its approval of the bout with Usyk, and in stepped Witherspoon on Tuesday.
“I can’t wait to face Usyk in Chicago,” Witherspoon said via a press release. “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.”
In his last fight, the 32-year-old Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs) knocked out Tony Bellew in November in England to retain his undisputed cruiserweight crown. He vacated his cruiserweight titles in March in anticipation of this very moment, on the brink of his heavyweight debut.
Here’s the complete guide to the Oleksandr Usyk vs. Chazz Witherspoon fight, which is available exclusively for streaming on DAZN rather than traditional pay-per-view, along with who’s on the undercard and more.
WHAT TIME IS THE OLEKSANDR USYK VS. CHAZZ WITHERSPOON FIGHT?
Undercard: 7 p.m. ET
Main card: 9 p.m. ET
Main event: 11 p.m. ET (approximate)
The undercard for Oleksandr Usyk vs. Chazz Witherspoon fight will start at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 12, and the main card will begin at 9 p.m. ET. Usyk and Witherspoon are expected to make their ring walks at 11 p.m. ET at the earliest, although the time depends on the length of the earlier fights.
HOW TO WATCH, LIVE STREAM USYK VS. WITHERSPOON
The Usyk vs. Witherspoon fight is not available via traditional pay-per-view methods. Instead, fans in North America can sign up to watch the fight online with DAZN, the global sports live-streaming service.
DAZN is available on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via DAZN.com.
Comcast customers can sign up for DAZN on Xfinity Flex and soon on Xfinity X1.
Usyk vs Witherspoon: Tale of the tape
Usyk – Witherspoon
Nationality: Ukrainian – American
Age: 32 – 38
Height: 6ft 3 – 6ft 4
Reach: 78′ – 79′
Stance: Southpaw – Orthodox
Record: 16-0-0 – 38-3-0
KOs: 12 – 29
Rounds: 125 – 182
Debut: 9/11/2013 – 12/12/2004
HOW MUCH DOES THE USYK VS. WITHERSPOON FIGHT COST?
A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — in the U.S. is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly-plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.
For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.
A subscription also includes access to some of Usyk’s past fights, including his emphatic finishing of Tony Bellew.
WHERE IS THE USYK VS. WITHERSPOON FIGHT?
Usyk and Witherspoon will fight at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. This marks Usyk’s third fight in the United States, as he previously defeated Michael Hunter and Thabiso Mchunu at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., and The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., respectively.
USYK VS. WITHERSPOON BETTING ODDS
Odds for the Usyk-Witherspoon fight will be listed once available.
OLEKSANDR USYK RECORD AND BIO
Name: Oleksandr Usyk
Born: Jan. 17, 1987
Reach: 78 inches
Total fights: 16
Record: 16-0 with 12 knockouts
CHAZZ WITHERSPOON RECORD AND BIO
Name: Chazz Witherspoon
Born: Sept. 16, 1981
Total fights: 41
Record: 38-3 with 29 knockouts
Usyk vs Witherspoon: What has been said?
Oleksandr Usyk: “There have been no problems in order to move to the heavyweight division.
“At least to me there have been no problems. I simply moved to the heavyweight division, and that was it. Virtually nothing has changed in my training, we’ve simply started doing even more work. Different, and hard work, which is practising with big guys who pose a great threat.
“I’m really looking forward to boxing on October 12. I very much missed the boxing. I love boxing, and really there is a lot of talk about it, but I’m not paying attention to it. My objective is to do my job in the gym in order to show all the enthusiasts and fans great boxing in the ring.”
Chazz Witherspoon: “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.”