Current heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk has swapped his boxing gloves for a pair of boots to make his professional football debut.
The Ukrainian wizard is one of the most fearsome boxers on the planet. On October 25, he dismantled Anthony Joshua in a flawless performance to win the heavyweight belts and solidify himself as one of the greatest fighters of the current era.
The supremely-gifted operator possesses a consummate skillset way beyond that of the rest of the division. His footwork and punch selection alone is enough to leave the best of the best chasing shadows. But the world wasn’t quite aware of just how good he is until he defeated AJ.
Following the purse bids for Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte, it appears that Usyk and Joshua will go to battle once more.
The Brit has changed his training team as he searches for the ingredients to give him the edge. But it might not matter what the former champion does—the slick southpaw is already a step ahead. He wiped the floor with Joshua the first time, so there’s no reason to believe that he can’t do it again.
However, not only is he working on his fitness in the boxing gym, Usyk is gearing up for the biggest fight of his life by making his professional debut in another sport.
Oleksandr Usyk shows off his football skills
On February 4, Usyk set foot on a professional football pitch for the first time. He came on as a substitute for Ukrainian second division side FC Polissya. The 6ft 3in monster is one of the most fearsome athletes in boxing, never mind in football. So we can’t imagine what it was like for his opposition, who may have refrained from any hard tackles.
Club director Volodymyr Zagursky told The Times Hub: “If Usyk strengthens our team, we will offer a professional contract. If not, we will just give him a chance to try his hand at football.”
However, sadly for the heavyweight champion, he didn’t look as scintillating on the football pitch as he does in the boxing ring.
He had a golden opportunity to bag a goal for his side. But Usyk missed the ball entirely.
His mistake could be put down to first game nerves. But Usyk has already spent plenty of time training with the team, and we’ve no doubt that he’ll get another chance to showcase his skills.
However, it’s unlikely that Usyk will spend too much time dedicating his life to football. He’s got to prepare for the Joshua rematch, and should he get past that, a mega collision with Tyson Fury awaits.
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