Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Cruiserweight
Who won Usyk vs Hunter?
Oleksandr Usyk beat Michael Hunter by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 8th April 2017 at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Oleksandr Usyk.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which meant the weight limit was 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
This contest was for the WBO cruiserweight championship of the world.
Usyk vs Hunter stats
Back in April 2017, Oleksandr Usyk stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 11 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 10 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Michael Hunter made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 12 wins and 0 draws, with 8 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Usyk had a large advantage in power over Hunter, boosting at 91% knock out percentage over Hunter's 67%.
Oleksandr Usyk was the older man by 1 year, at 30 years old.
Usyk had a height advantage of 1 inch over Hunter. Despite this, Hunter had 2-inch reach advantage.
Oleksandr Usyk fought out of the southpaw stance, while Michael Hunter was an orthodox fighter.
Usyk's experience as a professional fighter was relatively equal to Hunter's, having had 1 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 8 months later than Hunter, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 40 more professional rounds, 177 to Hunter's 137.
Michael Hunter was ranked number 14 by the WBA and 9 by the WBO in the 200lb division.
Usyk vs Hunter form
Usyk remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Thabiso Mchunu on 17th December 2016 by knockout in the 9th round in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Forum, Inglewood, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Krzysztof Glowacki on 17th September 2016 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland.
Going into that contest, he had won against Pedro Rodriguez on 12th December 2015 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Sport Palace, Kiev, Ukraine.
Before that, he had beat Johnny Muller on 29th August 2015 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Sport Palace, Kiev.
He had defeated Andrey Knyazev on 18th April 2015 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Sport Palace, Kiev.
Hunter had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Isiah Thomas on 13th May 2016 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Phil Williams on 27th February 2016 by knockout in the 1st round at Honda Center, Anaheim.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Jason Douglas on 13th October 2015 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton.
Before that, he had beat Mike Bissett on 25th July 2015 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Palms Casino and Resort, Pearl Theater, Las Vegas.
He had won against Deon Elam on 20th June 2015 by technical knockout in the 4th round at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Michael Hunter had been fighting more than Oleksandr Usyk.
Going to this contest, Oleksandr Usyk had last fought 3 months and 22 days ago, while Michael Hunter's last outing had been 10 months and 26 days ago.
Usyk's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 11 months and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 39 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.8 rounds on average.
Hunter's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 9 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 20 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4 rounds on average.
What time did Usyk vs Hunter start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 12:00 AM EST / 9:00 PM PST at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, United States, which was around 5:00 AM BST in the UK.
Who broadcast Usyk vs Hunter?
Usyk vs Hunter was broadcast on HBO in the US.
What were the odds on Usyk vs Hunter?
Oleksandr Usyk was a 1/25 (-2500) favourite going into the contest, while Michael Hunter made his way into the ring at 10/1 (+1000) with oddsmakers.