Aleksandr Usyk Media Lunch
WBO Cruiserweight World Champion ALEKSANDR USYK, (11-0, 10
KO’s) hosted a huge crowd of media on Thursday afternoon in
Downtown Los Angeles joined by his promoter, TOM LOEFFLER of
K2 Promotions and manager, EGIS KLIMAS.
Usyk will be defending his title on Saturday, April 8
against undefeated, top ten contender MICHAEL HUNTER, (12-0,
8 KO’s) on HBO World Championship Boxing (10:00 p.m. ET/PT).
from The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD.
“I love California, the weather is fantastic, it’s much
easier to train here and
I will continue to train here for my fights. It’s very cold
in the Ukraine right now,
this is much better.”
“Yes, it’s a sacrifice to be away from my wife and three
small children to train here, but this is my job and they
are understanding of that.”
“Running by the ocean and training in the warm weather is
much better for me.”
“The biggest motivation for me is my desire to be the best,
I give 100% everyday
in the gym, I know that I need to continue to improve to
become the undisputed cruiserweight world champion.”
“I’m very happy to be on HBO and showcase my talents.
Fighting in the United States and on HBO is something I have
wanted to do since I turned professional in Ukraine.”
“I’m working hard in camp with my new trainer Russ Amber,
we’ve made some small changes and you’ll see some of them on
“There are plenty of champions I would like to fight in the
division, but I’m only thinking about Michael Hunter right
“I’ve watched Michael Hunter’s last couple of professional
fights and saw him fighting in the 2012 Olympics so I’m very
familiar with him.”
“I want to have all four cruiserweight titles in the future,
any of the other titles holders I’m willing to face.”
“Thanks to HBO for showcasing the cruiserweight division,
it’s always been an extremely talented division. Now with
Aleksandr, Tony Bellew, Murat Gassiev and with Marco Huck
fighting again this weekend, it’s an extremely deep
division, one that with the right matchups that Aleksandr
can emerge as the next superstar.”
“We want to give Peter Nelson a lot of credit for having the
foresight to add Usyk to the show at the Forum in December
for his HBO debut and to this upcoming card on April 8th
card against Michael Hunter.”
“This has been a big commitment for Aleksandr to bring his
training camp to the U.S.
He sees the opportunities in the United States that he can
build on for his career by training here and fighting in
“Also have to acknowledge Alexander Krassyuk of K2
Promotions Ukraine for building up Aleksandr in the Ukraine
and getting him the mandatory world title fight against
Glowacki in only his tenth professional fight.”
“Aleksandr beat Glowacki for the world title and that opened
the door to make the pitch to HBO.”
“Michael Hunter was approved by HBO and most importantly
agreed to fight Aleksandr.
There was no hesitation on Aleksandr’s part on taking the
‘Preparations have gone very well for Aleksandr for this
fight. Great to have the Ukrainian Dream Team on this card.”
‘Thanks very much to the media for this great turnout.”
“This is Aleksandr’s job and he understands the sacrifices
he has to make for his training camp to be here in the U.S.”
“Aleksandr is training with Russ Amber, other reports were
incorrect about his new trainer.”
Undefeated WBO Cruiserweight World Champion ALEKSANDR USYK
(11-0, 10 KO’s) makes his second world title defense against
undefeated fellow 2012 Olympian and top ten contender
MICHAEL HUNTER, (12-0, 8 KO’s) of Las Vegas, Nevada, on
Saturday, April 8 at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in
Oxon Hill, MD and televised live on HBO World Championship
Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The fight is presented by K2 Promotions and K2 Promotions
Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games
for Ukraine, Usyk became the fastest cruiserweight world
champion on September, 17, 2016, defeating Krzysztof
Glowacki in Gdansk, Poland in only his tenth professional
bout. The victory bested boxing legend Evander Holyfield’s
record who had performed the feat in his twelfth
Most recently, Usyk made his highly anticipated United
States and HBO debut, defending his title for the first time
in dominant fashion, stopping world ranked Thabiso Mchunu in
the ninth round on December 17, 2016 at The Fabulous Forum
in Los Angeles and live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Ranked the #1 Cruiserweight by ESPN, USA Today and Ring
Magazine, Usyk is currently training in Oxnard, California.
Representing the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games,
Hunter returns to battle following his career best victory,
a ten round decision over then undefeated Isiah Thomas on
May 13, 2016 in Las Vegas.
World ranked #8 by the WBO, Hunter is the son of former
heavyweight contender Mike Hunter who serves as his trainer
in the pro ranks.
Also featured on the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast
will be 2012 Ukrainian Olympic teammates Vasyl Lomachenko
and Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
Lomachenko, (7-1, 5 KO’s), a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist
will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior
lightweight world title against former World Boxing
Association (WBA) super featherweight world champion JASON
"El Canito" SOSA (20-1-4, 15 KOs), from Newark, NJ. Gvozdyk
(12-0, 10 KOs), a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, will be
defending his NABF light heavyweight title against YUNIESKY
GONZALEZ (18-2, 14 KOs), a native of Pinar del Rio, Cuba,
who lives and trains in Miami, Fla.