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Olympic medalist Usyk on the fast track

Blue-chip cruiserweight prospect Oleksandr Usyk (3-0, 3 KOs), the 2012 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist from Ukraine, will face the experienced Cesar David Crenz (21-8, 13 KOs) of Argentina in an eight-round bout on May 31 at the Sport Palace in Odessa, Ukraine, K2 Promotions announced.

Crenz has faced several quality opponents, including cruiserweight titlist Yoan Pablo Hernandez, losing a 12-round decision to him in a regional title bout in 2010.

“I know that Crenz had more professional experience, but I will be well-prepared on May 31 for what he brings to the fight. This is my second fight this year, however I want to fight six times in 2014,” said the 27-year-old Usyk, who spent time in the recent training camp of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (who co-owns K2 Promotions).

“This was a terrific experience, to train with and learn from Wladimir,” Usyk said. “We had an excellent camp. I want to stay busy this year, keep winning and gain more experience as a professional. I enjoy fighting in Europe but would also like to fight in the United States soon.”

Usyk, who had more than 300 amateur fights, could move very quickly as a professional.

“This will be his second scheduled eight-rounder, and we’re looking for big things from him this year,” K2 Promotions’ Alexander Krassyuk said.