Did Oleksandr Usyk Win a Gold Medal in the Olympics?

Published 09/25/2021, 3:31 AM EDT
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 12: Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine walks to the ring before his Heavyweight bout against Chazz Witherspoon at Wintrust Arena on October 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


Oleksandr Usyk needs no introduction to boxing purists. Over the past couple of years, he has been in his absolute best form, carving his career in the finest possible manner. After he saw some blistering success in the cruiserweight roster, becoming the undisputed champion, he moved to heavyweight to conquer a second division. However, are you aware of his accomplishments as an Olympian?

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At the London Olympics 2012, Usyk contended in the heavyweight category and beat Artur Beterbiev, Tervel Pulev, and Clemente Russo en route to the gold medal.

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In his final bout against Russo, Usyk’s footwork wasn’t on top, but he threw wild hooks that connected well and eventually got him some vital points. Despite not having the best movements, Usyk’s jab and hooks played a pivotal part in the fight. Hence, he brought glory to Ukraine as he secured the Olympic gold medal.

A year after his Olympic win, Usyk turned professional and made his debut at the cruiserweight roster. In eight years as a professional, the 34-year-old has enjoyed a prolific pro-boxing stint. As of now, he seems far from hanging his gloves. That said, the fans will get to witness his boxing brilliance for many more years to come.

Is Oleksandr Usyk capable of conquering the heavyweight division of boxing?

Usyk debuted in the heavyweight division of boxing in 2019. In his debut, he locked horns with Chazz Witherspoon and attained a solid RTD victory to advance his chances of fighting the biggies.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Oleksandr Usyk in action during a public workout at the National Football Museum on November 7, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Courtesy of his victory, he set himself up for a fight against Derek Chisora and claimed a huge win to become mandatory to Anthony Joshua.

Overall, Usyk has shown heart and character to find some success in the heavy roster. Despite his early wins, he still has many hurdles to pass. Considering the names that hold on to the belts at heavyweight, Usyk will have his work cut out if he wants to conquer the division. However, on paper and stylistically, he has what it takes.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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