Oleksandr Usyk Becomes the First Heavyweight Since Mike Tyson To Achieve This Amazing Feat

Published 05/13/2022, 1:43 PM EDT

Following the defeat of Canelo Alvarez, the Ring Magazine has updated its pound-for-pound list. In the new list, the undisputed super-middleweight champion secured the 6th spot and the Ukrainian stalwart Oleksandr Usyk clinched the crown. He became the new pound-for-pound king.


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By securing the first spot on the pound-for-pound list, the unified WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion has accomplished a new record that was previously held by Mike Tyson.

According to Michael Benson of talkSport, Usyk is the first heavyweight champion in the last 30 years to garner such accolades.

Notably, in September 2021, Usyk sent a spark through the boxing world. He registered one of the biggest upsets in the history of boxing. ‘The Cat’ outboxed British star heavyweight Anthony Joshua.

In the epic clash, Usyk fought under the heavy odd situation and emerged as champion.

Comparison between Mike Tyson and Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk is probably the greatest Ukrainian fighter. The 35-year-old is in the prime days of his career. He also held the maiden undisputed cruiserweight title between 2018 and 2019. Later he unified heavyweight titles. By doing this the undefeated champion has joined the club of legendary stalwarts Evander Holyfield and David Haye.

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As an amateur, the champion won gold in the 2012 Olympics in the heavyweight division. Later, he turned pro in 2013, and since then ‘The Cat’ is clinching back-to-back titles. As of now, he is preparing for his most anticipated rematch against Joshua in the coming months.

On the other hand, Mike Tyson has taken official retirement from the sport. The champ is living a family life after establishing a milestone of legacy. The champ held the crown of pound-for-pound in his prime days. Then champ was a devastating fighter. He was a knockout machine. He became the youngest heavyweight champion ever.

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In total, ‘The Baddest Man on Planet’ fought 58 bouts. His record says that he won 44 bouts by way of knockout. The champ retired as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.

Achieving Tyson’s amazing feat is a big accomplishment for Oleksandr Usyk.


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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Following the completion of his training as an amateur boxer, he is currently preparing to appear for trials at the state and national levels. With over 3 years of experience in playing the sport, Abhishek is also the holder of a Bachelor's in Arts degree from the University of Delhi.

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