At the same time, the Ukrainian boxer still holds WBC, WBO and IBF titles.
Ukrainian boxer Alexander Oleksandr Usyk said that he was giving up the WBA title and would not defend it in a fight against Russian boxer Denis Lebedev, because he proceed to the next weight category.
Usyk reported about it in the Instagram.
According to him, the World Boxing Association (WBA) has obliged him to fight Lebedev as a mandatory challenger to defend his title and keep the belt.
However, the Ukrainian heavyweight explained that he moved to the next weight category and did not want the title to remain with him just like that, and also wished success to other challengers for the belt. At the same time, the Ukrainian boxer still holds WBC, WBO and IBF titles.
In the past among the potential opponents of Usyk, Russian Alexander Povetkin and Cuban Louis Ortiz were considered. However, the first opponent of Oleksandr Usyk in the new weight category will be the Cameroonian boxer Carlos Takam.