Oleksandr Usyk, Ukrainian heavyweight champion of the world (WBC) came to the Russian capital, where his fight with Murat Gassiev is about to take place on Saturday. Russia's boxing federation reported that on July 17.
The Ukrainian refused to hold the open training session. He just came into the ring, waved the fans and left.
'I would like to thank everyone for the hospitality, for the way you met and greeted me. Everything's fine. I have prepared well for the fight, and if it takes place, I'll show everything I'm capable of. I also respect my opponent; such fights are a true decoration of the sport. I don't know if the fight takes place. I haven't moved any further lately, so we made a decision to say goodbye to Vatamanyuk (Usyk's coach, - 112 International). As for my injury - I recovered, and it's OK', Usyk said.
As is known, the Ukrainian and the Russian fighters will meet within the finale of the WBSS, the World Boxing Super Series. The winner will take all champion titles in the heavyweight division.
Usyk previously claimed the fight against Gassiev will be a 'beautiful one'. 'It doesn't matter much to me - where I fight. It might seem unfair, but it's going to be the way the God intends. I don't care where to go; wherever I go, it's 'do or die' for me,' the Ukrainian champion said.