Oleksandr Usyk vs. Danie Venter on December 13th in Kiev, Ukraine
Kiev, Ukraine (December 4, 2014) 2012 Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medalist OLEKSANDR USYK makes his sixth pro start against South African veteran DANIE VENTER on Saturday, December 13th at the Sport Palace in Kiev, Ukraine.
Boasting a destructive record of 5-0-0 with five knockouts, Usyk has quickly become one of boxing’s hottest prospects.
Standing 6’3” tall, the heavy hitting Usyk sparred for two weeks leading up to this fight with former multiple time world title challenger OLA AFOLABI in preparation for the 10-rounder to be contested for the World Boxing Organization’s Inter-Continental Cruiserweight Title.
He is currently ranked # 7 by the sanctioning body.
Usyk is returning to action following a seventh round knockout of Daniel Bruwer on October 4th before a massive crowd at the Arena Stadium in Lviv, Ukraine.
The vastly more experienced Venter, 19-6-0 (14KO’s), is riding a four bout winning streak, most recently knocking out Big Ben Marcell Mulumbu on October 10, 2014 in Gauteng, South Africa.
“Training was terrific and I learned a great deal sparring with Ola. He’s one of the very best cruisers in the world and it was a tremendous experience,” said Usyk. “I’m getting better with each bout and looking to close out 2014 in style.”
Usyk also has been part of training camps this year with unified Heavyweight World Champion WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO.
Stated ALEXANDER KRASSYUK of K2 Promotions, “The sparring sessions between Oleksandr and Ola were terrific and a very strong learning experience”
“This has been a tremendous year of growth of Oleksandr and we’re looking towards an outstanding 2015 for him. Defeating Venter and winning the WBO Inter-Continental Title would be a excellent way to finish his 2014 campaign.”
Masternak arrives in Paris, ready for cruiserweight clash with Mormeck
Mateusz Masternak (33-2, 24 KOs) has arrived in Paris, ready for his hotly anticipated cruiserweight clash with former world champion Jean Marc Mormeck (37-5, 23 KOs), on Friday night (December 5) at the Palais des Sports in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France.
‘’It’s great to be here. Paris is a fantastic city and I look forward to showcasing my skills in front of the French boxing fans,’’ said Masternak, who is aware victory could lead to a world title challenge next year.
‘’Mormeck is a good opponent. He has proven himself at the highest level time and time again. However, I believe his best days are behind him, while I’m just approaching my peak. He is a stepping-stone for me to return to world level. I want to beat him convincingly and send a message to all the top cruiserweights around the world.’’
Thomas Dulorme Arrives in New York For Lundy Showdown
Gary Shaw Productions Puerto Rican sensation, Jr. Welterweight contender, Thomas Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs, arrived with his team in New York for his upcoming fight with Hank Lundy (25-3-1, 12 KOs). The 10-round bout will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York as part of a special triple-header edition of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK® on Saturday, December 6, 2014 headlined by Lemieux vs. Rosado.
“I’ve arrived in New York and I’m ready to go to war,” said Thomas Dulorme. “Hank Lundy has been doing a lot of trash talking saying I’m nobody. He’s going to have a rude awaking. I’m going to do my talking in the ring and everyone will know who the superior fighter is once the fight is over. I plan on stealing the show.”
Lemieux vs. Rosado is a 12 round NABF middleweight bout which is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Eye Of The Tiger Management and sponsored by Corona Extra, AT&T and Mexico – Live It To Believe It!. Dulorme vs. Lundy is a 10-round junior welterweight bout promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and CES Boxing. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. ET with the first bout at 6 p.m. ET. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets priced at $150, $80, $50, $25 and $15, plus applicable taxes and service charges are on sale and are available for purchase at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 and at the American Express Box Office. For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK.