Olexandr Usyk, Ukrainian boxer, Olympic champion and WBO heavyweight world champion (10-0, 9 KOs) spoke to the press about training in the USA and differences between boxing in Ukraine and the U.S.
‘I feel great about being here in the U.S. I like practicing here. My teammates – Lomachenko and Gvozdyk – are here. There are many guys who I used to work with back when we represented the national team. It’s comfortable here and I like it. What’s the difference between boxing in Ukraine and the U.S.? Well, there are many different things. Different approaches, for one. In the post-Soviet countries – Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan – there is a decent boxing school. But when I came here I saw that athletes don’t really sweat it – they do it the way it is comfortable for them. Back in my country, they teach you how to walk, how to box, how to strafe and so on. My boxing style is a kind of a game. I enjoy what I’m doing and I do it by a hundred percent,’ Usyk said.
On December 17, Usyk is going to face South African boxer Tabiso Mchunu (17-2, 11 KOs); the bout will take place in the undercart of the fight between Bernard Hopkins and Joe Smith, Jr.