Published On: Mon, Oct 7th, 2019

Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight debut vs Tyrone Spong in doubt after opponent’s ‘adverse find | Boxing | Sport

Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight debut against Tyrone Spong could be cancelled, but the former cruiserweight king will still fight this Saturday in Chicago.

That’s what Eddie Hearn confirmed early on Tuesday morning.

The Matchroom Boxing promoter confirmed that there had been an adverse finding in one of Spong’s VADA tests.

As a result, the Suriname-Dutch boxer could be pulled from the fight, with a replacement stepping in.

Hearn tweeted: “We have been contacted by VADA to inform us that there has been an adverse finding in Tyrone Spong’s test.

“It has been sent to the State of Illinois commission and further information will be released in the morning.

“We have reserve opponents standing by.”

Spong was set to be Usyk’s first heavyweight opponent since moving up from cruiserweight.

The Ukranian conquered the 200lbs division, winning all the belts and destroying former champion Tony Bellew.

Usyk was the winner of the World Boxing Super Series, in which he defeated Marco Huck, Mairis Brides and Murat Gassiev.

After that, he took on Bellew in a defence of his WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, The Ring and Lineal championships, having won all of his belts on the road.

The Ukranian has his heart set on a future fight against former heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua, who challenges for his old belts against Andy Ruiz Jr in December.

He said last year: “Becoming heavyweight champion of the world is not what I’m dreaming of. It’s my goal. It’s what I’m planning to do.

“Anthony Joshua at Wembley [is his dream fight].

“I think it would be much harder for me to fight Joshua than Ruiz Jr. If you want to be the best, you have to fight the best.”

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