After dominating the cruiserweight division, Oleksandr Usyk quickly made his presence known at heavyweight. Now, after spending time defending Ukraine, he will look to continue to maintain control over the division.
Usyk made his pro debut in 2013 after winning a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. He won the WBO cruiserweight title in 2016. In the 2017-18 World Boxing Super Series tournament, he beat Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis for the WBC cruiserweight title, and Murat Gassiev in the final for the WBA, IBF and The Ring cruiserweight titles. His lone defense as undisputed champion was a knockout win over Tony Bellew in 2018.
Usyk moved up to heavyweight in 2019. After beating Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora, he beat Anthony Joshua last September to become the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion.
While a rematch between Usyk and Joshua is planned, it was almost put on hold entirely. Usyk returned to Ukraine and was one of several combat sports stars who decided to take up arms against Russian aggression. After a few months in the country, he was able to leave to train for a future fight against Joshua.
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The Sporting News looks into how Usyk has accumulated his fortune and where he stands among the wealthiest and most influential athletes in the world.
Oleksandr Usyk’s net worth: How much does Usyk make?
According to SPORTEKZ, Usyk’s net worth in 2021 was around $4 million.
Oleksandr Usyk’s career earnings
Usyk made about $4.1 million in his last fight against Anthony Joshua, including an extra 40 percent of the pay-per-view share.
Per SPORTEKZ, Usyk reportedly made $1.5 million in his heavyweight debut against Chazz Witherspoon. When he won the Muhammad Ali Trophy in the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final against Murat Gassiev, Usyk made $400,000. He made about $1 million against Tony Bellew to retain the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring cruiserweight titles.
Oleksandr Usyk’s endorsements
Usyk is endorsed by boxing apparel and equipment company BoxRaw.
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Oleksandr Usyk’s social media influence
Usyk has about 584,000 followers on Facebook, where he has primarily discussed what is going on in Ukraine. He has about 1.7 million followers on Instagram and 109,700 followers on Twitter.
Oleksandr Usyk charities
Usyk recently created the Oleksandr Usyk Foundation to “help Ukrainians affected by the Russian aggression.”
The foundation will help cover the basic needs of Ukrainians affected by the current situation in the country, whether it is medical supplies, food or hygiene items.