Oleksandr Usyk, a Ukrainian professional boxer, was born 17 January 1987, in the Ukrainian city of Simferopol in 1987. He took up boxing in 2002. He represented his country at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, losing to Clemente Russo in Beijing before taking the gold medal in London. Oleksandr Usyk shot to prominence in July after winning the World Boxing Super Series with a unanimous points win over Murat Gassiev. Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Usyk Biography and Profile.