- Oleksandr Usyk Will Defend His Unified Heavyweight Titles Against Daniel Dubois
- Usyk-Dubois Will Take Place On August 26 In Poland, Live On TNT Sports Box Office
- Several Additions Have Been Made To The PPV Portion Of The Usyk vs Dubois Undercard
In May, Alek Krassyuk (K2 Promotions) won the promotional rights to the WBA mandatory title defence between his fighter Oleksandr Usyk and Queensberry Promotions’ charge Daniel Dubois.
Krassyuk successfully outbid the English company headed by Frank Warren with an offer of $8,057,000 which was around $2,400,000 higher than the $5,620,050 bid offered by Dubois’ promoter.
Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs), the WBA, IBF, and WBO Heavyweight champion, will officially receive 75% of the purse ($6,042,750) whilst the WBA’s secondary champion Dubois (19-1, 18 KOs) is entitled to 25% ($2,014,250).
After winning Olympic gold, the Ukrainian unified the cruiserweight division through the world boxing super series, winning the undisputed title in 2018.
He then signed a 3-fight deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing that saw him gain notoriety in the UK and the US, headlining on DAZN stateside and two UK PPVs on Sky Sports Box Office against Tony Bellew and Derek Chisora respectively.
Usyk finally got his chance at Heavyweight gold in Sep 2021 and took it with both hands, convincingly upsetting Anthony Joshua and capturing three belts with a wide points win. Saudi Arabia staged the Usyk-Joshua rematch eleven months later and it was the same result.
Usyk now makes his first defence against Britain’s Dubois, a win here will likely set up another mandatory defence against Croatian Fillip Hrgovic, who returns to action two weeks earlier.
Despite being the younger and more powerful puncher, 25-year-old Dubois has a significant hurdle ahead, as many feel that this match against Usyk may be a step too far at this stage.
Nevertheless, he’ll be heading into the fight under the guidance of his new trainer, Don Charles, following a surprising split from Shane McGuigan, something that NoSmokeSport broke the news of previously.
Usyk vs Dubois Location, Venue And Date
The contest will take place on Saturday, August 26 at the 45,000-capacity Wrocław Stadium in Wrocław, Poland.
Ukrainian independence day is on Thursday, August 24 and therefore Krassyuk has decided to stage the fight two days later. Poland now has a Ukrainian population of over 1,500,000.
Usyk vs Dubois Undercard
Ukraine’s WBO #3 Denys Berinchyk (17-0, 9 KOs) will defend his WBO International lightweight title in a keep-busy fight with Sweden’s Anthony Yigit (27-3-1, 10 KOs).
Yigit was stopped in the ninth round by prospect Keyshawn Davis in his last significant fight in April. Berinchyk decisioned France’s Yvan Mendy on the Fury-Chisora 3 card and is closing in on a shot at the world lightweight championship.
Undefeated Middleweight Hamzah Sheeraz (17-0, 13 KOs) will clash with the unbeaten Ukrainian Dmytro Mytrofanov (13-0, 6 KOs) in another matchup that pits Britain vs Ukraine and Queensberry vs K2 in preparation for the main event.
Sheeraz has agreed to a deal to face British champion Denzel Bentley later this year and a win here will surely set him up for the hotly-anticipated all-British clash later this year.
‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed’s son, Aadam Hamed, will turn professional and make his debut in the paid ranks on the undercard. The 23-year-old Southpaw has had zero amateur experience but trained in boxing for several years.
Polish Middleweight contender Fiodor Czerkaszyn (22-0) faces fellow undefeated Anauel Ngamissengue (12-0) over eight rounds.
Ukrainian Light Heavyweight Daniel Lapin (7-0) meets Germany’s Aro Schwartz (20-6-1) over ten rounds. Lapin fought on both the Joshua-Usyk undercards
In an eight-round Welterweight attraction, Vasile Cebotari (13-0) faces off with Joel Julio (39-17).
Undefeated Heavyweights Nursultan Amanzholov (5-0) and Lazizbek Mullojonov (3-0) square off over six rounds.
Ukrainian Featherweight prospect Oleksandr Solomennikov (12-0) will face Poland’s Piotr Gudel (10-10-1) in a six-round attraction.
2020 Olympian, Ukraine’s Yaroslav Khartsyz (2-0) takes on fellow unbeaten Konrad Czajkowski (2-0), from Poland, over four rounds at Lightweight.
Bryce Mills (12-1) takes on Damian Tymosz (7-2-1) in a bout scheduled for four rounds.
Saudi Arabian prospect Ziyad Almaayouf (3-0) lands a slot on the show against journyeman Janos Penzes (2-4).
****This story will be updated as more undercard additions are confirmed****
Usyk vs Dubois UK TV Channel, US TV
TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport) will broadcast the fight in the UK. Usyk-Dubois will be a pay-per-view offering for £19.95.
ESPN + will stream the bout in the United States.
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Usyk vs Dubois Undercard
Undefeated Middleweight Hamzah Sheeraz (17-0, 13 KOs) will clash with the unbeaten Ukrainian Dmytro Mytrofanov (13-0, 6 KOs)…