Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has revealed that Oleksandr Usyk will face Carlos Takam in September before a heavyweight world title shot. Michael Benson of TalkSport first reported the news today.
The slick Ukrainian was originally scheduled to face Carlos Takam at heavyweight – May 25 but was forced to pull-out due to injury.
After clinching every belt at cruiserweight and the Muhammad Ali Trophy, Usyk signed a multi-fight deal with DAZN he was primed to chase greatness at heavyweight.
Hearn, Usyk’s co-promoter has stated that he will resume his foray into the heavyweight division when he takes-on Takam in late September.
Takam is a tough fringe contender who took some putting away when he fought Joshua in 2017. The pressure of Takam vs the defensive mastery of Usyk could make for a thrilling bout.
Usyk is then expected to face the winner of Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz 2. As super champion, Usyk automatically becomes mandatory challenger for the WBA heavyweight title when he begins his campaign at the higher weight.