On July 20, 2023, at 11:07 AM ET, Oleksandr Usyk’s prepare for a unification fight with Tyson Fury at Wembley failed. However, this problem hasn’t stopped Usyk from being associated with sports. In an unexpected turn of occasions, the heavyweight champ has actually signed an agreement with Ukrainian club, Polissya, and will now be contending on the football field rather of in the boxing ring. Usyk, who in fact started his athletic profession as a footballer with Ukraine’s Tavriya Simferopol prior to transitioning to boxing, tattooed a one-year contract with Polissya under the “football cooperation” classification. He will use jersey number 17 for the group. It’s worth keeping in mind that Usyk formerly made an alternative look for Polissya throughout a friendly match in 2015.
Polissya is set to take part in the Ukrainian Premier League for the upcoming 2023-24 season after protecting promo as the top-ranked group in the second-tier Ukrainian First League throughout the previous season. Polissya president Gennadiy Butkevych revealed appreciation for Usyk’s work principles, mentioning in a declaration launched on Thursday, “I appreciate and take pride in this male. His mindset to training is a fantastic example for the Polissia group.”
While Usyk is immersing himself in football, he has actually not deserted boxing totally. His next fight is set up to happen on August 26 at the Tarczynski Arena in Wroclaw, Poland. There, he will safeguard his IBF, IBO, WBO, and WBA heavyweight titles against Daniel Dubois from Britain. Usyk boasts an unbeaten record of 20 expert battles, consisting of 13 knockout triumphes, whereas Dubois has actually won 19 of his 20 bouts however suffered one loss.