2012 Olympic Games Champion and former undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world Oleksandr Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) admitted that winning a competition in London was a turning point in his boxing career, XSport reports.
“A turning point in my career?” August 12, 2012. The day before this was the final of the Olympic Games. I woke up very famous. In the morning, alongside with Denys Berinchyk, I went to London to change the badges and everything, and that was it. I was sworn by journalists. But I did not know that it would get even bigger. Then I was stunned,” 2012 Olympic Champion stated.
“Perhaps the advertisement, in which I starred after the Olympics, worked even more. Grandmothers started to recognize me. Then there were "Ukrainian Atamans"," he added.
Usyk speaks frankly on all the benefits and drawbacks of fame.
“And it is not always like: “Hello, excuse me, can I take a picture with you?” Sometimes it happens this way: “Listen, bro, let's take a picture”. But I don’t have any brothers, I look at him and think: “He does not seem to be my bro". Well, I have brothers, but he is certainly not one of them,” Usyk stated.
“When someone takes pictures with me and his hands are shaking, I don’t understand what kind of joke it is. Why is that happening? He is worried. I really don't think I am some kind of super-duper dude. Well yes, I am the world boxing champion. But I am not cool. Thus, for my daughter and for two sons, I’m such a cool superhero," he stressed.
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